District middle and high school students receive scholarships to attend Sally Ride Science Camp at UC San Diego
Over the course of three weeks, Sally Ride Science at the University of California San Diego educates more than 400 students in science, technology, engineering, art and math, also known as STEAM, through a variety of hands-on workshops in such topics as the science of earthquakes, space exploration, oceanography, robotics, 3-D modeling, virtual reality and more.
The Sally Ride Science Junior Academy, which runs through July 29, was launched this summer as part of a partnership between UC San Diego and Sally Ride Science, an education company that Ride, the first American woman in space, and her long-time partner, Tam O’Shaughnessy, and Karen Flammer co-founded with two friends in 2001. Ride and the other founders were committed to expanding educational opportunities in the sciences, especially for girls and young women. The goal of the new partnership is to continue and expand that important mission. UC San Diego Extension, the San Diego Super Computer Center and Scripps Institution of Oceanography worked together to develop the curriculum for the Junior Academy and the workshops that were taught by top-notch STEAM instructors, many of whom are scientists at Scripps.
To ensure that a wide range of students could take part in the Sally Ride Science Junior Academy, San Diego Unified School District worked with UC San Diego Extension to offer 150 scholarships to its students in grades 6-12, with a special focus on girls and young women.
San Diego Unified Superintendent Cindy Marten said Sally Ride Science at UC San Diego is helping to begin to close the gender gap in science and technology careers – something that is vitally important to ensure economic opportunity and regional prosperity.
“Half of the jobs today in our society require some type of technical background,” Marten said. “In the next decade, it is predicted that number could climb to 75 percent. We’re not going to be able to fill those jobs unless we start attracting more and different students to those fields. Sally Ride Science at UC San Diego Junior Academy is helping to inspire the next generation of innovators.”