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 9 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.
Registration is now open for the Chapter One (TutorMate) tutoring program to help at-risk first grade students learn to read. For details and registration information, go to the Chapter One announcement in the GASSSS tab.
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 July 17, 2023, the General Atomics Sciences Education Foundation announced that it has provided $56,700 in funding for 9 STEM non-profits and programs. Click here for more information about these recent awards and here for an archive of previous awards.
Congratulations to the following GA employees who have recently completed a GASSSS activity: Shannon Clague, Ana Ramekar, Maria Pieroni, Tamara Browne, Catherine Wei, Arianna Asgari, Nina Shenoy, Nicholas Willhite, Ken Shamrell, Kelly Seiler Vocke, Shireen Shipman, Samantha Calabretta, Helen Tat, Lauren Hasell, Megan Kendrick, Lucy Glewicz, Kelly Seiler Vocke, Kelsey Hite, Nina Langley, Hannah Houze, Chau Nguyen, William Capinski, Christopher Geraci, Ivan Burow, Cory Cottonaro, Brandon Washington, Debra Roy, Jake Crawford, Gregory Wong , Gregory Thomas, Shane Steinfeld, David Jackson, Debbie Lopez, Aaron Majors, Patricia Cain, Reyna Espinosa Carabantes, Arturo Tapia Gutierrez, Brendan Lyons, Kathreen Thome, Auna Moser, Shawn X. Tang, Kathryn Birdsong, Alicia Dautt-Silva, Maria (Marlene) Ortiz, Elizabeth Brown, Orpheus Dong, Alan (Woody) Snyder, Kevin Patterson, Milton Malueg, Shahab Seichi, Shawn Tang, Lindsay Ward-Kavanagh, Paul Ferrell, David Zhang
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.