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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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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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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Fallbrook STEAM camp marks a new kind of partnership for Sally Ride Science

Pirate Science. Marine Mammals. The Science of Harry Potter. Those are just some of the hands-on Sally Ride Science workshops that Fallbrook students can attend right in their own community this summer. The nonprofit Fallbrook School of the Arts is partnering with Sally Ride Science to offer a series of workshops in June in the […]
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Sally Ride Science speaker inspires students at LifeSmarts consumer literacy competition

Some academic competitions test students on their ability to recall obscure facts or spell exotic words. But one contest lets students show off their real-world knowledge and skills. At the LifeSmarts consumer literacy competition, students vie to show mastery on financial literacy, consumer rights and responsibilities, the environment, technology, and health and safety. “We want […]
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Scholarships are available for SD Unified students to attend Sally Ride Science summer academy

Students in the San Diego Unified School District can apply for scholarships to attend hands-on STEAM workshops at this summer’s Sally Ride Science Junior Academy. The 2018 Junior Academy, from June 25 to July 20 at Mission Bay High School, will offer dozens of innovative STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) classes for middle […]
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Women in Leadership

Women in Leadership panel discussion marks release of Sally Ride postage stamp

Sally Ride blasted off aboard shuttle Challenger on June 18, 1983, to become the first American woman—and, at 32, the youngest American—in space. She flew on Challenger again in 1984 and later was the only person to serve on both panels investigating the nation’s space shuttle disasters—the Challenger explosion in 1986 and the breakup of […]
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Expanding Your Horizons

Sally Ride Science classes highlighted at STEM conference for girls

Parents looking for ways to help their daughters prepare for college or careers got some timely assistance during a workshop surveying a wealth of local programs, including classes from Sally Ride Science, aimed at inspiring students in science and technology fields. The workshop was part of an annual conference held by the nonprofit group Expanding […]
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