Media Advisory

WHAT: The STEAM Leadership Series, sponsored by The San Diego Foundation and other local partners, will host an event, “Clean Oceans, Clean Water, Clean Jobs,” for 350 San Diego Unified high school students on May 29 aboard the USS Midway Museum. Students will hear from local leaders and high-tech experts about new jobs in San Diego’s innovation and ocean tech economy. Following a keynote speech and panel, students will explore a festival of interactive ocean technology exhibits from 19 companies, such as Hydronalix, which will have water demonstrations of its robotic lifeguard; Aquacycl, which converts wastewater into electricity; and Clear Blue Sea, which cleans plastics in our oceans.

According to a local CONNECT Innovation Report, the regional innovation sector accounts for more than $55 billion of San Diego’s economic activity and directly impacts 400,500 jobs. Students will hear from many of today’s leaders in the innovation economy and learn how experiences in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) can better prepare them for future careers in the regional innovation economy.

WHO: Rear Admiral Len Hering, Executive Director, I Love a Clean San Diego *Interactive exhibits by 19 ocean technology and clean tech companies
WHERE: USS Midway Museum
910 N Harbor Dr.
San Diego, CA 92101
WHEN: Wednesday, May 29
9:00am – 12:00pm
WHY: The STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) Leadership Series focuses on career opportunities within STEAM fields and connects business leaders to San Diego students. The concept is to bridge the science, education and high-tech business communities along Career Pathways that empower young people to live their dreams and explore their options.

About the STEAM Leadership Series

The STEAM Leadership Series is a program of Intellectual Capital and Kids Eco Club in partnership with the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) with support from lead sponsor The San Diego Foundation, the USS Midway Museum, the Samuel Lawrence Foundation, the Moxie Foundation and others.

About The San Diego Foundation

The San Diego Foundation maximizes the impact of your charitable giving. We mobilize philanthropic resources to advance quality of life, increase social impact and champion civic engagement. For more than 40 years, The Foundation and our donors have granted more than $1.1 billion to grow a vibrant San Diego region. Learn more on our website, and consider a donation to the Fund for the Future Endowment which supports San Diego community needs for good, forever.


Vince Heald, Beck Ellman Heald, 858-453-9600,
Justin Nunez, The San Diego Foundation, 336-254-7056,