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: