A new LEGO set honors the women of NASA—and it looks pretty awesome

ARS TECHNICA By Eric Burger A new playset from LEGO will honor four key women in NASA history—astronomer Nancy Grace Roman, computer scientist Margaret Hamilton, and pioneering astronauts Sally Ride and Mae Jemison. The 231-piece set will be released on November 1, with a recommended selling price of $24.99. First proposed in July, 2016 by the deputy editor […]

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Tam O'Shaughnessy

SRS cofounder Tam O’Shaughnessy to receive humanitarian award at Billie Jean King & Friends Gala

Tam O’Shaughnessy, cofounder and executive director of Sally Ride Science at UC San Diego, is being honored with the 2017 Joe Shapiro Humanitarian Award for her advocacy of science literacy and diversity in science education. O’Shaughnessy will receive the award October 21 at Cal State Los Angeles’ Billie Jean King & Friends Gala in recognition of […]

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STEAM panel on virtual reality in the classroom

STEAM Series panel sees exciting future for virtual reality in the classroom

Virtual reality has huge potential as an educational tool in many subjects, but widespread use of the technology in classrooms must await advances in hardware and development of curriculum, experts said during the latest panel discussion in the Sally Ride Science STEAM Series. The event, “Virtual Reality in the Classroom,” was held Sept. 13 at […]

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Honoring Sally

“Honoring Sally” on UCTV: Sally Ride’s partner, Tam O’Shaughnessy, talks about Ride’s remarkable life and research ship that honors her legacy

Not long after astronaut Sally Ride died of pancreatic cancer in 2012, her life partner, Tam O’Shaughnessy, got a call from Ray Mabus, then secretary of the Navy. Mabus said the Navy wanted to honor Ride, America’s first woman in space, by naming a new research vessel after her. Then he asked O’Shaughnessy if she […]

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Elizabeth Blackburn (left) and Elissa Epel

Researchers team up to share key insights on telomeres and health

Tam on STEAM Elissa Epel, a professor of psychiatry at UC San Francisco, studies how stress affects the body. There’s no shortage of advice out there about what makes a healthy lifestyle. Get regular exercise. Reduce stress. Eat whole foods. It all sounds good, but the advice is easy to ignore when you are tired […]

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Mayor Kevin Faulconer announces expansion of a program offering STEAM workshops.

Free Sally Ride Science Workshops Will Expand to More Libraries, Mayor Announces

A program offering free Sally Ride Science STEAM workshops at San Diego library branches will expand to new communities so it can serve more of the city’s students, Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced. The program, Library NExT, is a partnership between the San Diego Public Library and UC San Diego. A pilot program starting in January […]

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KGTV 10 News visits the Sally RIde Junior Academy

VIDEO: ‘It’s Slimy, Techie and Downright Brainy’: KGTV 10 News Visits Our Junior Academy

WATCH THE VIDEO Leveling the Scientific Playing Field SAN DIEGO (KGTV) – Educators are trying to level the scientific playing field.  Monday kicked off the Sally Ride Science Junior Academy at Mission Bay High School.  The program encourages all children, especially young women, to get involved in STEAM programs of science, technology, engineering, art, and […]

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STEAM Series panel

WATCH: Sally Ride Science STEAM Series Panel Explores Diverse Uses of Design Thinking

Design thinking is touching more and more aspects of our lives, from education to business and even the way society solves its problems, experts said during the latest panel discussion in the Sally Ride Science STEAM Series. The event, “Transforming the Classroom Through Design Thinking,” was held June 1 at the San Diego Central Library. […]

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Hollis Woodard, a UC Riverside entomologist, studies bumblebees in extreme environments.

How a girl who came late to science became an expert on bumblebees

Tam on STEAM Hollis Woodard sees bumblebees as the pandas of the insect world. “They are a very charismatic bee,” she said. “They are big and chunky and fuzzy. They move kind of slow, so you can watch them bumbling around. People are pretty attracted to them.” But what fascinates Woodard about bumblebees goes beyond […]

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