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Fleet Science Center Takes On New Education Programs

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Above: The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center Balboa Park is pictured in this undated photo.

The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center announced Thursday it will take over the flagship programs of a science education nonprofit that's ceasing operations at the end of this month.

Museum officials said by assuming the operations of San Diego Science Alliance, it can create a countywide learning resource for the so-called STEM subjects — science, technology, engineering and math.

The Fleet will operate two major SDSA programs — Better Education for Women in Science and Engineering, also known as BE WiSE, and the annual High Tech Fair.

"Our role is to be the central link between science and our communities, our schools and scientific organizations," said Steve Snyder, the Fleet's CEO. "San Diego is a hub for technology and innovation, and the Fleet's goal is to connect people of all ages to the possibilities and power of science to create a better future for our community."

The museum already provides STEM education programs in house, at schools and in the community, as well as teacher professional development opportunities.

Ellen Peneski, SDSA executive director, confirmed that the organization is closing down Feb. 29 after around two decades of service.

"I am confident that the Fleet Board of Directors and Steve Snyder and his team have the resources, enthusiasm and experience to continue to serve our stakeholders, carry on the SDSA legacy and thrive as the new go-to STEM resource for San Diego alliances," Peneski said.

She said high school health academies supported by SDSA will continue operating through college and career readiness initiatives.

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