Young winner of ‘Stop the Spread’ video contest learned art of filmmaking in Sally Ride Science class

By Margaret King When 15-year-old Lauren Mathios won the grand prize in the “Stop the Spread” video contest with a public service announcement about COVID-19 prevention, she thanked her family, her friends and her teachers for helping and encouraging her. She also gave a shout-out to Sally Ride Science. “I took a weeklong (filmmaking) class […]

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“Stop the Spread” video contest winner credits skills she learned in SRS Junior Academy class

Sept. 26, 2020 Lauren Mathios, a sophomore at Sage Creek High School in Carlsbad, is the grand-prize winner of the “Stop The Spread” video contest sponsored by the San Diego Union-Tribune and FOX 5 TV. The contest called on participants to create a public service announcement urging people to take  precautions against the spread of […]

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UC San Diego Extension donates Sally Ride Science books to enrich home learning for Chula Vista students

By Margaret King When the pandemic forced Chula Vista’s Harborside Elementary School to switch abruptly to remote learning, teacher Jessica Bruder found herself worrying: How would her young students get books to read at home? “Here at Harborside, most students are socially and economically disadvantaged,” she said. “Some of them don’t have even one book […]

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Junior Academy instructors bring virtual inspiration to homebound students

By Margaret King Sally Ride Science Junior Academy is known for lively and often messy hands-on STEAM workshops. When the coronavirus pandemic forced the academy to move online this summer, instructors faced the challenge of finding creative ways to deliver involving lessons to remote learners. The resulting classes kept young learners engaged and left parents […]

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Junior Academy Supervisor Christine Morales on how to engage remote learners with innovative online classes

By Margaret King When the coronavirus pandemic forced this summer’s Sally Ride Science Junior Academy to move online, the Junior Academy team saw an opportunity to help families during a difficult time by creating a high-quality remote learning program. “We didn’t just quickly throw together online classes,” says Program Supervisor Christine Morales. “We thought about […]

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Sally Ride Science rolls out inspiring space-education program at ISS research conference

Sally Ride Science is stepping onto the national stage at a major space-research conference this week to announce the expansion of an innovative program that lets students take an active role in research aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Last year Sally Ride Science, which is based at UC San Diego, partnered with Space Tango and […]

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At Sally Ride Science Junior Academy, program supervisor Christine Morales focuses on safety, communication – and inspiration

Several years back, Christine Morales led a program to train other teachers in her Alpine school district on how to use Sally Ride Science books and lesson plans in the classroom. She also took part in a Sally Ride Science Academy for teachers from across the country. “I loved the experience of being at the […]

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For this Sally Ride Science instructor, STEAM inspiration is a two-way street

Instructor Spotlight: Manju Muralidharan Manju Muralidharan attended her first computer class as a fifth grader in Bangalore, India, in 1997. Programming in the Turtle Logo language captivated her right away. “It was the joy of seeing that something you did produced results immediately in front of you,” she said. “I’ve been programming pretty much ever […]

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Sally Ride Science partnership lets students ‘reach for the stars’ with experiments in space

SAN DIEGO—When astronaut Sally Ride spoke to young audiences about her experiences as the first American woman in space, she made a point of urging kids to “reach for the stars!” Now Sally Ride Science is helping students do just that in workshops where they can program heat experiments and then actually run their programs […]

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