Steam summer workshops for elementary, middle, high school, educators & parents

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The Sally Ride Science Academy summer program offers science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) workshops for students entering 3rd-12th grade. During these workshops, students assume the roles of space explorer, marine biologist, computer programmer and more as they immerse themselves in hands-on projects. Top-notch STEAM instructors lead these workshops, serving as both teachers and role models. These summer workshops also incorporate real-life stories of vibrant women conducting research in each field. Their examples inspire students and help make STEAM careers more accessible.

2024 Sally Ride Science Academy Summer Workshop Schedule

Elementary school: 3rd-5th grade
  • In-Person AM sessions run 9am-12pm. Live-Online AM sessions run 9-11am with office hours from 11am-12pm.
  • In-Person PM sessions run 1-4pm. Live-Online PM sessions run 1-3pm with office hours from 3-4pm.
All times are in Pacific Standard Time.

*Registration for all courses closes on May 31, 2024

Supervised Lunch Hour

Students who are participating in both an AM and PM session during a given week are required to enroll in the lunch hours for the sessions they will be attending. It will provide them with a location and supervision for their lunch hour. Lunch is not provided.

2024 Sally Ride Science Academy Summer Workshop Descriptions

Elementary School Level Workshops

  • Elementary School: A Dose of Pharmacreations

    A Dose of Pharmacreations

    Apply STEAM skills, such as communication, critical thinking and problem solving, which are essential skills pharmacists must possess to succeed in their careers n the course. Experience unique hands-on activities that provide insight into the types of problems pharmacists encounter and solve daily.
  • Elementary School: Being Nemo

    Being Nemo

    See the world from the perspective of an ocean animal, from a clownfish in a coral reef to a gray whale migrating the Pacific. Explore how various creatures survive in different marine habitats.
  • New!Elementary School: Cooking with Kids: Edible Science

    Cooking with Kids: Edible Science

    Knowing how to cook healthy meals is a key life skill that will pay dividends for decades to come. Learn about nutrition and food science as you experiment with cooking techniques from around the world.
  • New!Elementary School: Creating Digital Art Using Google Drawing

    Creating Digital Art using Google Drawing

    Tap into your creative mind with digital art!
  • Elementary School: Creative Programming Using Scratch

    Creative Programming Using Scratch

    Are you a fan of games like Minecraft, Roblox and Animal Crossing? Learn to use block coding in the Scratch programming language to create your own interactive games and animated movies.
  • Elementary School: Disney Style

    Disney Style

    Discover how to use active vocal warm-ups, physical stretches and tongue twisters to loosen up before acting out familiar movie scenes and songs.
  • Elementary School: Filmmaking


    Learn the filmmaking skills you need – from scripting and storyboarding to editing and audio – to craft short films sharing the stories you want to tell.
  • Elementary School: Introduction to Circuits and Makey-Makey

    Introduction to Circuits and Makey-Makey

    Discover how electronic components work by creating wacky circuits linking Makey Makey circuit boards with everyday items like bananas, potatoes or Play-Doh.
  • Elementary School: Introduction to Robotics Using Lego Mindstorms

    Introduction to Robotics Using Lego Mindstorms

    Learn the basics of robotics & build battle bots with Lego Mindstorms.
  • Elementary School: Messy Discoveries

    Messy Discoveries

    Ready to get messy in the name of science? We will design things, test things, throw things and stomp on things while exploring volcanoes, earthquakes, glaciers and other phenomena in Earth science.
  • Elementary School: Money Matters: Math and Money

    Money Matters: Math and Money

    This engaging and interactive course is designed for elementary students in grades 3 to 5. It combines fundamental math skills with practical lessons in financial literacy. Students will explore the world of money, learn essential math concepts through real-life financial scenarios and a lot of fun hands-on activities. In the process, they would develop valuable skills for managing money wisely. By the end of the course, students will be well-equipped to make informed financial decisions and understand the importance of budgeting, saving, and investing.
  • Elementary School: Photovoices


    Combine photography, dialogue, photo exhibits, and social action to address issues you care about!
  • New!Elementary School: Rocket Science

    Rocket Science

    Ready to learn more about NASA's Rockets, space exploration, and what it takes to get to space?
  • Elementary School: Slime, Ooblek, Soil and Other Suspiscious States of Matter

    Slime, Ooblek, Soil and Other Suspicious States of Matter

    Explore the Scientific Aspects of Non-Newtonian Fluids
  • Elementary School: The Making of a Super Hero

    The Making of a Super Hero

    Superheroes have shaped past and modern day culture as fictional characters with superhuman powers. Learn about the concept of the hero’s journey by looking at literature, TV shows, graphic novels, and movies. Attribute a hero’s identify and super powers and explore how science, technology, psychology and medicine contribute to today’s heroes.
  • Elementary School: Tiny Houses

    Tiny Houses

    The tiny-house movement is sweeping the country! Explore how and why people are building houses that require a fraction of the space of a traditional home, and then create a model of your own tiny-house design.

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Sally Ride Science Academy Workshop Location

University City Center
6256 Greenwich Drive
San Diego, CA 92122
Phone: (858) 534-0804

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2024 Sally Ride Science Academy Scholarship Application

*Submission deadline for consideration is May 31, 2024. Limited to one scholarship for one workshop per student.

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