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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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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