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CuriOdyssey:
A Big Bet for San Mateo County Children and Families

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CURIODYSSEY: A BIG BET FOR SAN MATEO COUNTY CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

Why San Mateo County needs a champion for early science learning

Science is the strongest force we have to change and shape our world. And with this power, our children can take on any challenge the future holds. But now, too many children decide that science is not for them by middle school, limiting their chances for job opportunities in our science-driven economy.

CuriOdyssey is a science museum and zoo for young children based on powerful ideas about how children learn. As the champion for early science learning in San Mateo County, we are revolutionizing science education by harnessing children’s in-born curiosity about animals and nature, so they believe science is for them instead of opting out of science classes as soon as they can.

The Campaign for CuriOdyssey will transform CuriOdyssey from a community treasure to a world-class institution
where children learn to love science.

We will transform our facility into a campus complete with an inclusive Physics-in-Action playground. The campus approach will increase our usable space, allowing for more classrooms, camps, exhibits and school programs.

A Look at the Data:

A showpiece institution for
San Mateo County
 

THE NEW CURIODYSSEY will help address a critical need for science education – the shortage of science-fluent students.

Currently, fewer than 40% of California’s students meet the science requirements to study at a CSU or UC college institution. Yet the state projects a shortage of 1.5 million college-educated workers by 2025.

 

Children face small snake in classroom

A showpiece institution for
San Mateo County
 

THE NEW CURIODYSSEY will help address a critical need for science education – the shortage of science-fluent students.

Currently, fewer than 40% of California’s students meet the science requirements to study at a CSU or UC college institution. Yet the state projects a shortage of 1.5 million college-educated workers by 2025.

 

Children face small snake in classroom

The challenge that CuriOdyssey helps address:
a shortage of science fluent students

Saxophone, raccoon, wine glasses, starburst By 8th grade, approximately 2/3 of all kids have lost interest in science All kids are born natural scientists, observing and experimenting By 4th grade, about 1/3 of kids lose interest in science THE RESULT: fewer than 40% of California's kids meet science requirements for a CSU or UC at a time when CA projects a 1.5 million shortage of college-educated workers by 2025. arrow_right_alt

A large body of research shows that children lose interest in science at every academic grade. This is disproportionally true for girls and kids of color from underserved backgrounds.

Studies include those by National Science Board, National Assessment of Educational Progress, Microsoft, Junior Achievement, Girls Scouts Research Institute, and many more.

Children losing interest in science matters because:

  • 80% of the fastest growing US jobs are in science-related fields
  • Citizens must be science-literate to understand challenges like climate change
  • Women make up only 29% of the science and engineering workforce
  • Hispanics make up half of CA’s students but only 6 % of the science and engineering workforce

Our Impact:

Though STEM funding has increased, it is concentrated in high school, long after children have already formed their academic interests. 

CuriOdyssey grabs their attention when they are young, creating a larger pool of children interested in studying science and qualifying for knowledge economy jobs.

Campaign for CuriOdyssey

Our Impact:

Though STEM funding has increased, it is concentrated in high school, long after children have already formed their academic interests.

CuriOdyssey grabs their attention when they are young, creating a larger pool of children interested in studying science and qualifying for knowledge economy jobs.

Campaign for CuriOdyssey

The Campaign for CuriOdyssey Timeline and Funding Status

Phase 1: Fundraising Completed

Raised $16M. Funded program development, campaign, renovation program plan, and new inclusive playground to be completed Summer 2020.

Phase 2: Building Plan In Process

Campus master plan underway
Groundbreaking 2021 on first campus structure.
Raised to date: $11M
Goal: $21M

Board of Directors

Chair:  Laurel Miranda
Vice Chair:  Gisela A. Paulsen
Secretary:  Rebecca Renzas
Treasurer : Juan Galá
Nominating Chair:  Christina Diercks
Directors:  Anu Datta, Lynne Esselstein, John Flygare, Andrea Irvin, Danielle Kling, Julie Lee, Maria Teresa Lopez, Kelly Markson, Connie Sevier
Emeritus Directors:  Thomas R. Brown, Robert Henderson, Kathryn Taylor, Polly Hoover Taylor
Advisory Council:  Edith Eddy, Karen Edwards, Dave Holland, Marilyn Loushin-Miller, Dr. Vera Michalchik, Peter Steinhart
Interim Executive Director:  Aragon Burlingham
Volunteer Representative:  Don Walton

Campaign Co-Chair: Kathryn Taylor

Director Emeritus & Honorary Campaign Co-Chair: Linda Lanier

Leadership Gifts

Major leadership donors along with CuriOdyssey’s Board of Directors invested in The Campaign for CuriOdyssey. Lead donors include:

Ann and John Doerr
John and Marcia Goldman Foundation
Marritje and James Greene
Cathy and Blake Krikorian
Connie and Robert Lurie
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Christopher Redlich
Sunlight Giving
The TomKat Charitable Trust
Jennifer and Owen Van Natta
Xu Family Charitable Foundation

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LOCATION

1651 Coyote Point Drive
San Mateo, CA 94401

650-342-7755
[email protected]

CuriOdyssey is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Tax ID 94-1262434

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