Sally Ride Science @UC San Diego (member emeritus)

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Sally Ride Science at UC San Diego is a nonprofit entity run by the University of California, San Diego. It was founded as a company in 2001 by Sally Ride, America's first woman in space, along with Tam O’Shaughnessy, Karen Flammer, Terry McEntee, and Alann Lopes to inspire young people in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and to promote STEM literacy.

Sally Ride Science was relaunched at UC San Diego on October 1, 2015. It is based at UC San Diego Extension, and its programs are coordinated jointly by UC San Diego Extension, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and the San Diego Supercomputer Center. Former President and Chief Executive Officer, O'Shaughnessy is executive director and former Senior Science Advisor Flammer is director of education for Sally Ride Science at UC San Diego.

Sally Ride Science at UC San Diego focuses on professional development for teachers; K12 STEM + Arts (STEaM) education; and online programs through UCTV. The goal is to help educators build students’ STEM literacy and make connections between what students are learning and the STEM fields that are expected to experience rapid job growth in the coming decades. The nonprofit will create new programs and make use of existing Sally Ride Science programs.

Sally Ride Science Programs and Activities, 2001-2015
Before its acquisition by UC San Diego, Sally Ride Science implemented a variety of STEM-related educational initiatives. The company:

  • organized 100 Sally Ride Science Festivals on college campuses around the country.
  • created and ran a national engineering design competition (TOYchallenge) for eight years and created a documentary film (Some Assembly Required) following five teams of boys and girls during the 2008 competition.
  • created 90 STEM and STEM careers books with comprehensive teacher guides, and more than 200 hands-on STEM investigations.
  • developed and held the Sally Ride Science Academy for six years, using a train-the-trainer model.
  • trained more than 30,000 teachers and reached more than 6 million students with books about STEM and STEM careers.
  • operated EarthKAM (based on Sally Ride's idea to let students take photos of Earth from space and use them in their studies), engaging more than 600,000 students and their teachers in 80 countries.
  • helped spark the national discussion and shift the national perspective on the importance of involving girls and underrepresented minority students in STEM as they go through school and beyond.

Sally Ride Science is a Charter Signatory of the Commitment to Excellence
Learn more about their pledge to help all students become STEM literate.