The General Atomics Sciences Education Foundation has been actively involved in improving K-12 science education since 1992 by providing outreach support to GA employees, funding STEM non-profit organizations, and developing educational resources. 

In 2018, the Foundation is enhancing its support for employees to engage in education outreach. Employees who participate in the GASSSS K-12 education outreach program can receive a charge number for up to 8 hours as well as reimbursement for up to $500 in STEM purchases per calendar year. For additional information, see the GASSSS Details and Application Form on the GASSSS web site.

If you are a GA employee and want to participate in education outreach but don’t know where to start, click here.

If you are a teacher or science educator and would like a GA employee to work with your class/school/program, you can place your request on the GASSSS Matchmaker site or you can contact Dr. Larry Woolf to communicate your request to GA employees.

The TutorMate on-line literacy tutoring program is now available to GA employees. TutorMate connects an emerging young reader with a GA volunteer to champion literacy for the student. *** Registration to be a tutor for the 2017-2018 school year ends on January 15, 2018. ***
Click here for more information.

The General Atomics Sciences Education Foundation has announced that it has provided support for the following programs:

  • $2,000 to Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) of San Diego to provide funding for admission of 65 low income middle school girls to attend the EYH STEM conference on 3/10/18 in San Diego, The conference will provide girls with a day of STEM workshops, mentoring, and career guidance.
  • $5,000 to the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum in Escondido to provide scholarships for about 1,000 children from low-income and Title 1 schools to participate in STEM Workshops either at the Museum or through the Mobile Children’s Museum.
  • $2,500 to the North County Education Foundation to support the Classical Academies Super STEM Saturday event on 3/10/18 at Cal State San Marcos, which expects to include over 100 STEM demonstrations and more than 10,000 attendees.
  • $5,000 to Innovations for Learning to support 3 classrooms of first grade students in Santa Ana, CA who are being tutored by GA employees participating in the TutorMate program.

Congratulations to the following GA employees who have recently completed a GASSSS activity: Robert Minton, Scott Parks, Kassi Marshall Ritter, Josh Ferguson, Chad Nanney, Donna Mirabella, Nick Kemme, Joshua Vasquez, Christoph Hiemcke, Darrell Nakawaki, Shawna Sherwood, Marwan Azzam, Lizbeth Cazarez, Joe Rios, Lois Yu, Nicole Mitich, Aaron Sathrum, Matthew Ferrari, Brian Casaday, Timothy Bleakley, Denielle Ardilla, Matthew Culley, Dee Wilson, Dave Fisher, Kevin Beer, David Wakayama, Michelle Halloran, Robin Jacobson, Raymond Smith.

Employees can contribute their science and engineering skills by participating in the GASSSS (GA Scientists/Engineers Supporting Science/Engineering for Students) program. Employees are reimbursed for purchases.

Employees can volunteer as on-line reading tutors to at-risk 1st graders via the TutorMate program. The tutoring is done from your desk for 30 minutes per week, and includes the reading of science stories.

GA scientists have developed education modules, education presentations, hands-on materials, posters, and have published articles.

The Foundation provides a limited number of grants, mostly to regional science related non-profits. Guidelines for requesting support are provided here.