Pluto Landmarks Named for Aviation Pioneers Sally Ride and Bessie Coleman

NASA News Release, Oct. 25, 2021 More than 60 years after Bessie Coleman broke the bonds of terra firma to become the first African American woman and Native American to earn a pilot’s license, Sally Ride blasted off aboard shuttle Challenger to become the first American woman in space. The lives and accomplishments of both women […]

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U.S. Mint Announces Designs for 2022 American Women Quarters Program Coins

The United States Mint issued this news release to announce the official designs for five quarters honoring trailblazing American women, including Sally Ride, America’s first woman in space.   WASHINGTON – The United States Mint (Mint) is pleased to announce the official designs for the first five coins in the American Women Quarters Program. Authorized […]

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Segment of Highway 101 to be named in honor of trailblazing astronaut Sally Ride

The California Legislature has voted to rename a section of State Highway 101 in the West San Fernando Valley as the Dr. Sally Ride Memorial Highway. Assembly member Jesse Gabriel (D-Woodland Hills) introduced the resolution to honor the pioneering astronaut, who grew up in Encino. ⁠ “As the first American woman in space, Dr. Sally […]

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College-student volunteer helps inspire kids in STEM during summer Junior Academy

By Margaret King College engineering student Marco Pardo Rojas spent a big chunk of his summer volunteering to help younger students explore STEM subjects during Sally Ride Science Junior Academy. The experience left him eager for more. “I would love to do something in the future to help kids see what kind of path they […]

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U.S. Mint Announces Quarters Honoring Sally Ride, Maya Angelou

America’s first woman in space and former UC San Diego professor achieves another first as Sally Ride Science, her youth education program celebrates its 20th anniversary (San Diego, CA, April 13, 2021) The United States Mint announced the names of the first two women to be honored on coins issued under the American Women Quarters […]

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20 Things You Might Not Know About Sally Ride

By Margaret King From thisweek@ucsandiego, Feb. 18, 2021 Sally Ride is remembered as the first American woman in space and as a champion of diversity and equity in science education. But those were only two aspects of a rich and multi-faceted life. To mark the 20th anniversary of the founding of Sally Ride Science, here are […]

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Sally Ride Science partners with SDUSD to offer free STEM classes for children of military families

By Margaret King The pandemic has disrupted school routines for everyone. But for children with parents in the armed forces, the disruptions come on top of ongoing educational challenges that can arise when a mother or father is deployed or a family has to relocate to a different city. To enrich the academic experience of […]

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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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