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 16, 2022, the General Atomics Sciences Education Foundation announced that it has provided $76,100 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: Candace Gray, Kathreen Thome, Kyle Wirth, Chad Rutherford, Laurie Munoz, Christoph Hiemcke, Yangyang Yu, Kerry Rutherford, Joshua Hicok, Esteban Bagdy, ThienNhut Dinh, Daniel Turitto, John Adams, Rick Lunsford , Paul Auger, Owen Lovell, Megan Ameng, Ian Holmes, Kyle Teixeira, Tyler Elsey, Travis Evans, Brandon Blom, Douglas Seybert. Daren Wade, Thane Douglass, Andrew Escalante, Nathanael Visser, Tomee Roe, Antone Andrews, Michael Gavin, David Gillespie, Cody Meyer, Colin Chrystal, Miyuki Humer, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Travis Sowell , Chris Gilliom, Barton McDowell, Kathreen Thome, Max Warren, Cody Berrey, Kevin McLaughlin, Michael Allwein, Don Czechowicz, Daniel Layton.
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.