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XplorStem Named World Design Capital San Diego Tijuana 2024 Science & Technology Legacy Impact Project

We are thrilled to announce that XplorStem LLC has been designated as a World Design Capital San Diego Tijuana 2024 Science & Technology Legacy Impact project. This prestigious recognition underscores our commitment to advancing equitable science and technology education in the San Diego/Tijuana region.

Statistics reveal a stark reality: in the United States, only 30% of students demonstrate a basic grasp of science, with English Language Learners facing even greater challenges, at a mere 3%. Dr. Vicki Nienaber-Meadows, President of XplorStem, emphasizes our mission: "to empower underserved demographics with top-tier science education, ensuring they have the tools and opportunities to succeed."

At XplorStem, we remain dedicated to bridging educational gaps and fostering a diverse and inclusive environment within the realm of science and technology. Through the Science and Technology WDC Design Action Network, comprised of representatives from San Diego and Tijuana, we aim to accelerate our program to make science education accessible to native Spanish speakers on both sides of the border.

About XplorStem LLC:XplorStem is a US NSF-funded edtech company committed to closing educational disparities and promoting diversity and inclusivity in the fields of science and technology. Leveraging our experience in building a successful TikTok channel with nearly 200K followers and videos reaching over 30 million views, we develop career-centric, project-based science education lessons. These include interactive Q&A sessions, short-format videos, and hands-on experiments using accessible in-house developed scientific equipment that operates without electricity. Our goal is to provide engaging and relevant learning experiences for all students while preparing them for future careers in STEM fields.

About World Design Capital:Designated every two years by the World Design Organization, World Design Capital® (WDC) recognizes cities for their effective use of design to drive economic, social, cultural, and environmental development. Through a year-long program of events, the designated city showcases best practices in sustainable design-led urban policy and innovation that have reinvented their city and improved quality of life. For more information about the San Diego Tijuana initiative, visit

About the U.S. National Science Foundation:The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that promotes the progress of science by investing in research to expand knowledge in science, engineering, and education across all 50 states and territories. NSF supports nearly 2,000 colleges, universities, and other institutions through competitive grants aimed at advancing science with broad impacts across the nation and its people. Learn more at

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