The General Atomics Sciences Education Foundation has been actively involved in improving K-12 science and engineering education since 1992 by providing outreach support to GA employees, funding STEM non-profit organizations, and developing educational resources.
The Foundation supports employees to engage in education outreach via the GASSSS program, where they 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 Foundation has created a resource room to support employees involved in education outreach and the GASSSS program. Please visit A20/2008 to see many different types of educational resources available to employees.
On June 14, 2021, the General Atomics Sciences Education Foundation announced that it has provided $58,000 in funding for 8 STEM non-profits and programs. Click here for more information about these recent awards and here for an archive of previous awards.General Atomics wins Air Force Association Citation of Honor for STEM education outreach programs.
Congratulations to the following GA employees who have recently completed a GASSSS activity: Louie Wong, Barton McDowell, Chad Rutherford, Kerry Rutherford, Landon Carlson, Alan Woodward 'Woody' Snyder, Melissa Wallace, Bernard Laguerre, Travis Evans, Lungsheng Sean Lin, Anh Truong, Lois Yu, Doug Seybert,, Mark Davis, Darrell Nakawaki, Michael Allwein, Yangyang Yu, Christopher Friday, Ben Muthig, Haley Kim, Kent Hurlbert, Michael Deshler, Shawna Hamon, Chau Nguyen, Megan Ameng, Kristi Lucas, Thomas Dittmann, and ThuyTien Phung, Brian Ware, Joyvonne Bragg, Gregory Thomas, Ravinder Chatha, Jennifer Gendron, Sonya Stephens, Michael Bowman, Damon Jenkins, Kimberly Bankston, Jake Crawford, Philip Hu, Alicia Russin, William Logan, Barton McDowell.
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.