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The STEM Program - Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

The goal of the Science Department at the San Diego Jewish Academy (SDJA) is to create lifelong learners of science who are inspired to question and understand the world in which we live. Students are encouraged to recognize science itself as an activity - one in which humans have a direct role. Students are guided on an adventure through hands-on laboratory activities, group interactions, lectures, and on-campus visitations by specialists in their fields. Students are exposed to a variety of current topics - each bringing with it the connection between science and society with the hope that students will gain information, think critically about the various science disciplines, and foster a love for the world, its inhabitants, and the interactions between them.


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Melissa Fagan won first place in microbiology at the Intel International Science Fair in 2012.

Jonah Kohn won first place in his age category at the 2012 Google Science Fair.

April 2013 - Jonah Kohn, who was invited to the White House to present his project, is interviewed on the White House lawn by Bill Nye — The Science Guy and actor Levar Burton. Jonah appears on the video at 17:40.

March 2013 - SDJA upper school students continued their domination at the Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair. In the past three years, SDJA students have won a total of 6 Sweepstakes awards! This remarkable performance is unmatched by any school in San Diego county!

Our high school students walked away with some of the major category awards:

  • Marc Bielas: First place, Sweepstakes winner and Corporate Award from the Statistics Society
  • Ellen Horowitz: First place, Student Honor Society Award and Corporate Award from the Toxicology Society.
  • Isaac Mayer: Second place and the San Diego Zoo Global Award.

Our middle school students also had very impressive results:

  • Eitan Acks: First place, Sweepstakes winner, winner of 3 Society Awards including American Society of Mechanical Engineers, IEEE, Society of American Military Engineers and an invitation to the California State Fair.(APRIL 2013 UPDATE: Eitan WON — Project of the Year!)
  • Daniela Osowiecki: First place and invitation to California State Fair
  • Sam Deverett: First place and invitation to California State Fair
  • Jasmine Shapiro: First place and invitation to California State Fair
  • Jordan Battaglia: Second place
  • Daniel Lurie: Second place
  • Ilanit Arakanchi Wolf: Second place
  • Jake Kornfeld: Second place and winner of the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society Award
  • Jake Berkson: Third place
  • Casey Kroll: Third place
  • Isabelle Scheinblum: Third place
  • Alejandro Kravzov: Third place and winner of the San Diego Psychological Association Society Award
  • Uri Federman: Fourth place and winner of the Armed Forces Communication and Electronics Association Society Award
Faculty and Staff:
Dr. Jane Willoughby
Director High School STEM Program
Email: jwilloughby@sdja.com

Sarah Rines
Middle School Science Fair Coordinator
Email: srines@sdja.com

"The middle school science fair course was a very rewarding experience. It helped prepare me for high school by teaching me how to properly execute and develop a small hypothesis into a detailed and fascinating project."
Sara Frank, 10th Grade SDJA Student


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