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Steps-2-STEM is an after-school program that expands access to high quality STEM learning opportunities for elementary students in the Lincoln cluster.


Once a week on early dismissal days, 4th, 5th, and 6th graders from participating schools bus to the Elementary Institute of Science after school. Students rotate through four 55-minute labs, where they engage in hands-on learning in subjects such as biology, computer science, chemistry, engineering, and more. Each session lasts five weeks, with the goal of immersing students in the equivalent of 20-25 hours of STEM learning.

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Balboa Elementary
Cesar Chavez Elementary
Chollas-Mead Elementary
Horton Elementary
Johnson Elementary
Porter Elementary
Webster Elementary

To see Steps-2-STEM daily schedule, click below to view the PDF.

Daily Schedule

1st Year Highlights

Steps-2-STEM launched during the 2016-17 academic year. Since its launch, school engagement, student reach, and stakeholder enthusiasm have shown the program to be an immensely positive asset for southeast San Diego's STEM community.

Chollas-Mead Elementary
Johnson Elementary
Porter Elementary

363 students participated in at least one Steps-2-STEM session, which make up 54% of all the fourth and fifth graders in partner schools.

EIS is an incredible partner. Together, we do whatever it takes to get the students involved in STEM. We share the work, the responsibility, and the enthusiasm. Each week I have 60 scientists ready to board the bus!

Julia Bridi, Principal, Chollas-Mead Elementary

Our students at Porter Elementary have become so excited about science while at EIS! The experiences that they've received have made a difference within the classroom: Our students are more inquisitive, inventive, and thrilled to do science and engineering.

Brenda Mendez, Resource Teacher, Porter Elementary