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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Inspiring new STEAM adventures await at summer Sally Ride Science Junior Academy

Run an experiment in space. Make a movie using stop-motion animation. Get to know the mammals of the Arctic. Learn skills to boost your score on college entrance exams. These are just some of the engaging possibilities at this summer’s Sally Ride Science Junior Academy, which carries on the legacy of America’s first woman in […]

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Tritons for Sally Ride Science hosts Carlsbad robotics teams for inspiring event

Photos/Jackie Boock Science teacher Nicole Buchanan helped create a robust robotics program at Kelly Elementary School in Carlsbad. But when the school’s robotics teams began working on projects for a space-based LEGO competition, she thought she could use a little help. “I know nothing about space,” she said. “I sort of panicked. I thought I […]

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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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