Founded in San Diego in 1999, Ocean Discovery Institute addresses a national crisis in science education � one particularly acute in underserved communities. The poor performance of American students in science keeps many young people from achieving their full potential, disengages entire communities, and leaves our nation without the workforce and decision makers it needs to meet tomorrow's challenges and sustain our position as world leaders in thought and innovation. Our solution is this: deliver rigorous educational, scientific research, and environmental stewardship experiences that build curiosity, science understanding and skills, and leadership in underserved young people from kid to career. We achieve this through providing continuous, tuition-free science education across one school shed (defined as an area in which all young people "flow" into one high school). Our programs use ocean science to generate the spark that makes young people want to learn all principles of science, technology,�engineering, math, and conservation. We then ensure all students have the tools to overcome adversity and achieve. Our school-shed�is the San Diego�community of City Heights -�neighborhood rich in diversity, but burdened by poverty and a lack of access to high-quality education. Here we engage 6,000 young people each year, and are expanding to reach 20,000 annually.