Members of the La Jolla Community Foundation joined together to raise $35,000 for the organization’s inaugural grants last fall.

Their pooled philanthropy efforts resulted in awards to five local art and science programs selected by the members themselves to benefit students, teachers and families in their community.

About the Grant Recipients

Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
La Jolla Family Science Nights
The $5,000 grant will provide for five Family Science Nights, serving a total of 3,000 participants. Four of these Family Science Nights will take place at schools in La Jolla and the fifth will take place at another community resource, such as the La Jolla Library. Family Science Night brings children, parents, and teachers together for hands-on science experiences in a fun, educational atmosphere.

Outside the Lens
Outside the Lens at Muirlands Middle School
With a grant of $5,600 Outside the Lens (OTL) will enrich its current programming at Muirlands Middle School by incorporating a career-readiness unit that will allow 70 students to explore, through photography, La Jolla’s thriving biotech, medical and marine science industries through two fieldtrips and six prep sessions. Under the guidance of an OTL expert media instructor, students will learn Design Thinking and how to apply this technique to drive innovative solutions in STEM fields.

La Jolla Playhouse
2015 Performance Outreach Program (POP) Tour
With a $7,500 grant, La Jolla Playhouse will expand the POP Tour program in 2015, to the following public La Jolla elementary schools: Bird Rock, La Jolla and Torrey Pines. The POP Tour will engage more than 1,500 students by bringing both art and science into the classroom through performance and workshops. The goal of the POP Tour is to fill the void in arts education in San Diego schools and encourage children to understand theatre, develop life skills, and form a life-long appreciation of the arts.

UC San Diego / Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination
Beach Physics & BEWISE
With an $8,300 grant, the Beach Physics Pop-ups and BEWISE Overnight with Physics Girl programs will be brought to middle and high-school students in La Jolla. There will be a total of 80 slots available for students to participate in these programs. Emerging spontaneously at the beach, Beach Physics Pop-ups will bring low-tech labs that engage students and their parents in the remarkable physics phenomena right under their toes. The second program is BEWiSE Overnight with Physics Girl: With Better Education for Women in Science and Engineering (BEWiSE). This event for middle school girls will be hosted by Beach Physics Creative Director Dianna Cowern, the award-winning “Physics Girl” on YouTube.

Muirlands Foundation, Inc.
Muirlands STEAM for Students and Teachers
Muirlands Foundation seeks to support the improvement of instructional methods and integrate learning for Muirlands students by providing them with tools that facilitate real-world application, critical thinking, and joyful learning. The $8,600 grant will help purchase six digital microscopes, three digital microscope kits, nine LabQuest mini-middle school kits and teacher guides. Kits include 100 LabQuest popular experiments aligned to new science standards, connecting math, science, and visual learning applied to real world problem solving.

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