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 completed a very successful full year with 27 GA tutors providing 159 hours of reading guidance to 27 first grade students in 4 classes spread over 3 schools in the Santa Ana school district. Many tutors drove up to Santa Ana in May to meet their students for the first time and to celebrate their progress. All agreed that it was tremendously rewarding and successful!

*** Registration to be a tutor for the 2018-2019 school year will begin in August 2018. ***

Click here for more information.

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

  • $10,000 to the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Diego for their Stepping Stones to STEM Success programs at Clairemont and Logan Heights
  • $5,000 to the San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum for scholarships and subsidies for STEM workshops
  • $5,000 to the Elementary Institute of Science for the Girls Take Flight drone training program
  • $5,000 to the EnCorps STEM Teachers Program
  • $5,000 to the Ocean Discovery Institute for the Ocean Discovery Institute Student Initiative
  • $4,000 to the MCRD Marine Corps Museum Foundation for a Medical career exhibit at the Museum
  • $3,000 to the Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair for Silver level corporate sponsorship of the 2019 Fair
  • $2,500 to the Birch Aquarium at UCSD for their Ocean Science Education Fund
  • $2,500 to the San Diego Natural History Museum for their Museum Access Fund Science Outreach Program
  • $1,000 to the MIT Beaver Works Summer Institute
  • $1,000 to The New Children’s Museum for their Innovator’s Lab makerspace studio
  • $600 to the UCSD Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers for the Empower high school conference

Click here for more information about these awards.

Congratulations to the following GA employees who have recently completed a GASSSS activity: Sandra (Sandy) Peterson, Joshua Teague, Mark Kaniut, Katherine Kucharski, Khanh (Kayla) Phan, Matthew Virgen, Landon Carlson, Jordan Rundell, Garrett Reinicke, Narimene Lekmine, and Matthew Quinn. William Capinski, Kathy Kucharski, Debra S. Roy, Gary Williams, Sandra (Sandy) Peterson, James Thammarath, Erik Borunda, Don Czechowicz, Charles Matthew Kendall, Michael Allwein, Casey Kong, Mark Ratledge, Michael Deshler, Donna Mirabella, Breanna Bergado, Christopher Friday, Shahin Pajoom, Julie Fooks, Sarah A. Muller, Andrew Chappie, and Steve Celle.

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.