How a girl from Tijuana became a champion of cross-border scientific ties

Tam on STEAM Olivia Graeve remembers exactly when she decided she wanted to be an engineer. During the 1980s, an economic crisis drove thousands of people to flee Mexico’s depressed southern region and seek jobs in the north. Slums sprang up in the hills around Tijuana, the border city where Graeve (GRAH-vay) lived. With a […]

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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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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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Junior Academy students explore the medium where science and art collide, using the technology of circuits to create art in the form of music, paintings and photographs in “Introduction to Circuits using Makey-Makey.” Kevin Andrew Falk/Sally Ride Science

Summer Guide for Kids: Summertime STEM programs inspire goals, nurture minds

By Allison Keltner, The San Diego Union-Tribune May 13, 2018 Think summer is for sleeping in, watching TV and hanging out at the pool or beach? Maybe spending a week at camp playing Capture the Flag and doing arts and crafts? Not anymore — more and more summer programs are designed to prepare students for STEM […]

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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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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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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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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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