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Scores from the 2012 National Assessment of Educational Progress ranked California 8th graders 47th in science scores out of 50 states.

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California students outperformed only Mississippi, Alabama and the District of Columbia. Additionally, only 22% of California students scored proficient or above, and only 11% of Hispanic 8th graders scored proficient or above. In a community like ours in which science and technology plays such important economic, cultural and societal roles, these results raise more than mere concerns. The demand for STEM professionals in the U.S. and particularly in San Diego outpaces supply. Currently too few students have the skills that could lead to careers in the field or to even meaningfully participate in the political and social conversations that will arise if we are to meet a range of new and emerging challenges. 

The Fleet Science Center wants to be part of the solution by implementing a new strategic vision that will provide experiences, support and programming designed to advance the competency not only of our future STEM workforce, but our community as a whole. The Fleet aspires to change the equation by inspiring and educating students and teachers through our hands-on approach to science education that will feed and maintain a steady pipeline of STEM-capable graduates and life-long science learners. 

With your help we can change these statistics by making science accessible to as many local students as possible whom otherwise would not have the opportunity to take part in Fleet science programs. 

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