Ocean Discovery currently serves 6,000 young people a year from City Heights in hands-on science and conservation. But there are 14,000 more young people in the community eagerly awaiting these opportunities.
In order to expand our work to engage more than 20,000 individuals each year, reach a wider audience, provide more frequent and in-depth involvement, and establish organizational sustainability, we have partnered with the San Diego Unified School District to build a permanent facility in City Heights. This will be our Living Lab.
Designed by renowned architect Rob Wellington Quigley, the Living Lab will be a 12,000 square foot, LEED-platinum, cutting-edge facility, strategically located in City Heights within walking distance for thousands of students. The Living Lab will be more than just a building.
- It will be a place where students and teachers explore the fields of science during and after school.
- It will be a place where youth define their college and career aspirations.
- It will be a place where families engage in science and conservation activities relevant to their daily lives.
- It will be a place where scientists from the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and other partners conduct research alongside students.
- It will be a place that transforms an entire community through science and conservation.
A unique aspect of the project is the joint venture agreement between Ocean Discovery Institute and San Diego Unified. The partnership with San Diego Unified School District will provide San Diego Unified students with more than 70,000 hours per year of standards-based, curriculum-aligned science education during the school day and hands-on experience at all hours.