This year has been challenging for everyone, with issues ranging from personal and environment health to societal justice. But challenges are meant to be faced and overcome. As AltaSea adjusted to and met the issues facing us, 2020 became a year of growth and expansion.
Responding to calls for justice, AltaSea updated its mission to highlight inclusivity and, as a part of that, a commitment to inspire the next generation for a more sustainable, just, and equitable world. This meant an increased and expanded outreach to those traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields. Female and minority populations are untapped sources of talent that can advance and meet the country’s workforce needs in science. AltaSea is dedicated to promoting inclusivity in the emerging, sustainable Blue Economy.
In response to the global pandemic, and as a way to provide science curriculum for all students and adults staying Safer at Home, AltaSea launched Project Blue. Through live chats, webinars, and ocean science curriculum, we have provided a resource that gives the next generation a window into the Blue Economy’s science and innovations. In partnerships with the Mayor’s Fund LA, Project Blue’s work continues as AltaSea joins over 20 Los Angeles STEM organizations in virtually-teaching science to 35,000 students this fall semester through in-school and afterschool enrichment.