Scripps in the Community
Scripps Oceanography faculty, staff and students contribute to a wide array of educational and community outreach activities – onsite at Scripps, throughout the local community, and around the globe. Scripps also recognizes the value of basic science literacy across the socioeconomic spectrum, and actively seeks opportunities to engage diverse audiences in learning about our research.
on the Scripps Campus
Through its onsite exploration center and community outreach programs, Scripps community members engage students, teachers and the public in understanding and protecting our ocean planet.
Birch Aquarium at Scripps
The Birch Aquarium at Scripps is the public exploration center for Scripps, showcasing the institutions cutting edge research through science-centered exhibits and live animal displays, as well as science education programs that connect Scripps scientists directly to students, teachers and the public.
Scripps Community Outreach for Public Education (SCOPE)
Scripps Community Outreach for Public Education (SCOPE) is a student-led, volunteer-driven program that provides direct public access to Scripps research through a variety of campus and pier tours, as well as an ever expanding range of educational programs and activities.
Educational Outreach in the Community
Scripps Oceanography community members contribute to education and outreach programs throughout the region, bringing Scripps scientific expertise to bear on education programs for students, teachers and the public
Inspiring future generations to understand and protect our planet is an important part of Scripps mission. Scripps community members engage with organizations that reach diverse student populations at all educational levels, from those that serve students who are just learning about the natural world to those who aspire to science careers.
New national science standards are calling for teachers to help students master science practices – the types of activities scientists engage in to investigate and build models and theories about the natural world. Scripps scientists work directly with science education leaders and classroom teachers to create professional development opportunities for teachers and learning resources for students that combine leading edge science with effective pedagogy.
Barriers to academic success and college admission often include lack of access to resources including tutoring and mentoring. Scripps community members actively seek out and participate in some of the most successful local programs.
Community Science (Citizen Science)
Community or citizen science is the practice of public participation and collaboration in scientific research. Through community science programs, people can share and contribute to data monitoring and collection programs. Community science programs initiated by Scripps scientists include the following programs:
Scripps Science In Action in the Community
Research at Scripps isn’t confined to our campus in La Jolla. Research is underway in communities across the region and state. Here are a few ways to see or experience Scripps science in action.