San Diego
Science Educators

The San Diego Science Educators Association is a professional organization supporting all science educators. Our mission is to promote science literacy and advocate for science education by promoting professionalism, leadership, and community outreach.

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SDSEA Annual Awards Banquet

June 6, 2018

Bahia Resort Hotel

Mission Bay

Join SDSEA for a beautiful evening on Mission Bay, as we honor outstanding science educators and innovative Science Fair students.

Bahia Resort Hotel – The Del Mar Room

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 (tentative)

No Host Bar 6:00 PM Dinner 6:30 PM Buffet


Seasonal Green Salad with Choice of Dressing

Marinated Mushroom and Artichoke Heart Salad

Spicy Bay Shrimp Salad

Tortellini Pesto Salad

Tri Colored Rotelli Pasta with Marinara Sauce

Salmon Filet with Saffron Cream

Marinated Flank Steak with Sherried Mushrooms Sauce

Herb Roasted Baby Red Potatoes

Fresh Seasonal Vegetables

Rolls and Butter

Assorted Truffles, Petite French Pastries, Nanos

Freshly Brewed Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee, Herbal Tea


Payment of $15.00/person may be paid the evening of the event or mail a check made out to SDSEA to: SDSEA, PO Box 712859, San Diego, CA 92171-2859


2018 Science Fair Winners

SDSEA Award for best science done with simple materials

These students and their teacher advisors will be recognized at the annual SDSEA Awards Banquet on June 6, 2018

Optimizing Special Effects in Cinematography Using Forced Perspective Optics

Julia Lopatka

Bernardo Heights Middle School Grade 7

In addition to the SDSEA Award, Julia was awarded second place in  Junior Division Mathematical Sciences for the GSDSEF

SwellSpark Turns Ocean Swells Into Electric Energy

Aaron McKeemon

Coastal Academy

Grade 8

In addition to the SDSEA Award, Aaron was awarded first place in  Junior Division Energy and Transport for the GSDSEF

NOAA Award

Marine Technology Society Award

Armed Forces Communication and Electronics Award

USN - ONR Naval Science Award

City of San Diego Environmental Services Award

Professional Engineers in California Government Award



SDSEA was proud to assist in sponsoring

2017 San Diego

Science Education Conference

November 2017

Mira Mar College

8 am to 3 pm

for Excellence
 in Science Education
Nominations now open

SDSEA recognizes professionalism and excellence among science teachers in grades K - 5, grades 6 - 8, and high school, 9 - 12. Additionally, we recognize excellence in the service of science education from the university level and from community and informal science education.

Help us find and honor the most deserving among us. Great things are happening in science education. SDSEA wants to celebrate those accomplishments, and the people who make them happen.

Nomination forms are available here, with instructions included on each form. Nominations are due by May 18, 2018.

Science Teacher Nomination Form

University Educator Nomination Form

Community Educator Nomination Form

Awardees will be recognized at the annual SDSEA Awards Banquet, tentatively set for Wednesday, June 6, 2018.


San Diego

March For Science

The San Diego Science Educators Association has, for decades, supported science educators of all types, general science literacy and excellence in science education. The SDSEA recognizes and promotes the rightful role of science and critical thinking in education and our society. We were proud to be a part of the San Diego March For Science on Saturday, April 14, 2018.

Our nation needs good STEM education, scientifically literate citizens, and well-researched, science-informed public policies. For follow up activities go the the San Diego March for Science web page or their Facebook page.


Robert A. Dean
Memorial Scholarship

Bob Dean was an inspiring leader in science education for decades both locally and nationally.  As Science Coordinator at the San Diego County Office of Education, he founded the Greater San Diego Science Teachers Association, which later became SDSEA.  He also helped found the San Diego Computer Using Educators Association (SDCUE). In addition he established the Southern California Association of Science Supervisors (SCASS) and was president of the National Science Supervisors Association, later to become NSELA.  After "retiring" from the County Office of Education, he and his wife Melanie wrote, received, and coordinated many NSF grants for summer science teacher training academies at UCSD.

Bob's impact on science education in our area and beyond was amazing.  He constantly sought to bring out the best in everyone around him, and tirelessly encouraging others to pursue their dreams.  In this spirit, SDSEA is announcing a science leadership scholarship fund in his memory. Details are available by clicking the "Scholarships" link at the left.


Contact us: SDSEA President Steve Rodecker; Webmaster Chuck Abel
© 2018 San Diego Science Educators Association
SDSEA is an associated group of the National Science Teachers Association and an affiliate of the California Science Teachers Association.
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