Dates set for next summer’s Sally Ride Science Junior Academy

Students at Sally Ride Science Junior Academy have wrapped up a busy summer of programming robots, designing ecofriendly houses, exploring distant planets and more. And 2019 promises to be another summer of inspiring STEAM adventures. During the 2018 Junior Academy, held from June 25 to July 20 at Mission Bay High School, nearly 350 middle […]

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Cynthia Matzke diving

Sally Ride Science instructor, embarking on Arctic expedition, hopes to bring back discoveries to share with students

Marine biologist and documentarian Cynthia Matzke is heading to the Arctic this month as part of an expedition of 16 female polar explorers from all over the world, collectively known as Sedna. Matzke will be ice diving in the frigid water to capture rare footage, monitoring ocean acoustics and helping with educational outreach to Inuit […]

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Mayor helps get out the word about expansion of free STEAM classes in San Diego libraries

Things got a bit messy at a STEAM event where kids previewed free Sally Ride Science workshops offered through the Library NExT program. But no worries – the mess was in the service of hands-on learning. With San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer looking on, young guests tried out activities from some of the STEAM (science, […]

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Teen space enthusiast helps keep Sally Ride’s legacy alive at summer Junior Academy

Elle McCue remembers when she was little and her dad would push her in a swing. With each push he would chant, “Blast off to Mercury . . . Blast off to Venus . . .” “Before I could even say the alphabet, I could recite the order of the planets,” McCue said. It was […]

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WATCH: Congressman Scott Peters welcomes students to Sally Ride Science summer academy

Congressman Scott Peters on Sally Ride's legacy WATCH a video message from Congressman Scott Peters on the importance of Sally Ride Science’s mission to inspire girls in #STEAM. His message comes during opening week of the Sally Ride Science Junior Academy, offering a wide range of summer STEAM workshops for grades 6-12. Register: https://go.ucsd.edu/2KxLte8 Posted […]

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Board members who guided Sally Ride Science reunite on historic anniversary

Sally Ride blasted off aboard shuttle Challenger on June 18, 1983, to become the first American woman in space. Thirty-five years later, members of the Board of Directors of Sally Ride Science marked the 35th anniversary of that historic flight with a reunion. The board oversaw Sally Ride Science from its founding in 2001 until […]

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WATCH VIDEOS: Wide-ranging conversation on Women in Leadership marks release of Sally Ride stamp

WATCH: To mark the dedication of a Sally Ride Forever stamp by the U.S. Postal Service May 23, Sally Ride Science and UC San Diego hosted a lively discussion on Women in Leadership. Panelists were Billie Jean King, tennis legend and human rights activist; Ellen Ochoa, first Hispanic woman in space and former director of […]

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Poignant tributes, lively panel discussion mark release of Sally Ride Forever stamp

  Erik Jepsen / photos She was the first American woman in space. But Sally Ride was also a physicist, an author, an athlete and a crusader for equity in education. So it’s fitting that the celebration of a U.S. Postal Service stamp honoring Ride featured wide-ranging tributes and a freewheeling panel discussion among women […]

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Watch video: U.S. Postal Service dedicates Forever stamp honoring Sally Ride

U.S. Postal Service celebrates Sally Ride, America’s first woman in space, a pioneering astronaut, brilliant physicist and dedicated educator who inspired the nation. #SallyRideForever #AstronautStamps Posted by US Postal Service on Wednesday, May 23, 2018   The U.S. Postal Service dedicated its Forever stamp honoring Sally Ride, America’s first woman in space, in a ceremony […]

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Junior Academy students explore the medium where science and art collide, using the technology of circuits to create art in the form of music, paintings and photographs in “Introduction to Circuits using Makey-Makey.” Kevin Andrew Falk/Sally Ride Science

Summer Guide for Kids: Summertime STEM programs inspire goals, nurture minds

By Allison Keltner, The San Diego Union-Tribune May 13, 2018 Think summer is for sleeping in, watching TV and hanging out at the pool or beach? Maybe spending a week at camp playing Capture the Flag and doing arts and crafts? Not anymore — more and more summer programs are designed to prepare students for STEM […]

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