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Sally Ride Science Camp

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“If we’re going to out-innovate and out-educate the rest of the world, we’ve got to open doors for everyone.  We need all hands on deck, and that means clearing hurdles for women and girls as they navigate careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.”

-- First Lady Michelle Obama

September 26, 2011

 

Encouraging girls’ interest in science has never been more important.  The National Science Foundation, NASA and the White House have all recognized increasing demand for women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers – which rested at a mere 24% in 2009 – yet fewer and fewer students are being prepared for these important industries.   

Education Unlimited® has partnered with Sally Ride Science™founded by Dr. Sally Ride, America's first woman in space, to provide engaging and innovative science programs for girls entering grades 4 through 9.

Sally Ride Science Camps encourage girls’ interests in science by providing hands-on learning in an environment that is designed to be supportive, enriching, and – most importantly – fun! These unique overnight camps provide girls an opportunity to explore science, technology, and engineering through experiments and observations while staying on a university campus.  We offer several weeklong residential camps throughout the summer at UC Berkeley, Stanford, UC San Diego and day camps at Caltech and MIT.

Before camp, each girl will choose a science major that includes related labs and activities during their morning classroom sessions.  Majors vary by location and length of the program.

Enrichment Activities fill up most of the afternoons and evenings to give girls an opportunity for informal science learning, as well as leadership and problem-solving training, through workshops, experiments and recreational activities.   Students will also attend a mid-program excursion to a local science venue.

A Sally Ride Science Camp graduate will have:

  • Completed the exclusive Sally Ride Science curriculum
  • Participated in an in-depth variety of hands-on science learning and activities
  • Gained confidence and experience in a supportive girls-only classroom environment
  • Learned from experienced and inspiring instructors
  • Experienced a taste of college life
  •  Made lots of new friends from around the country or even globe!

Special day-only sessions of the Sally Ride Science Camp are offered at Caltech and MIT. These programs feature a convenient 5-day schedule, with programming from approximately 9am to 5pm each day (morning is usually designated for the more formal classes, and most of the afternoon times for more general science activities, recreation, etc). Please note that due to the program’s shorter duration, students at the program participate in a truncated version of the curriculum offered at overnight sessions. Beginning and intermediate Majors are offered. (Note: advanced 8th and 9th graders should consider the overnight programs rather than the day camps.)


2014 Sally Ride Science Camp Staff Members Include:

Education Unlimited - Rhonda McCoy (Sally Ride Science Camp Director)

Rhonda McCoy, Sally Ride Science Camp Director

Dr. Rhonda McCoy obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, NC. After graduating from college she accepted a teaching position in Charlotte, NC. She dedicated herself to teaching chemistry and physics, and strongly believes that “Our Kids are Worth Whatever It Takes”.

 
After three years of teaching science she decided to continue her education in order to become a Research Scientist.  
 
In May 2012 Dr. McCoy completed her Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry at Howard University in Washington DC.  Her research interest include understanding molecule-substrate interactions, for applications in molecular electronics.  Dr. McCoy is currently working as a Scientist in the Pharmaceutical Industry.  Dr. McCoy began teaching Astronomy at Sally Ride Science camps in 2006 and then became a Director for the Sally Ride Science Camps in Southern California in 2008.  We are excited to have Dr. McCoy as a part of our Education Unlimited family. 


Education Unlimited - Annie Nguyen (Sally Ride Science Camp Director)

Annie Nguyen, Sally Ride Science Camp Director

Annie T. Nguyen is a graduate of UC San Diego. In 2011 she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution, with minors in Science Education and History. She is also an alumna of Phi Sigma Rho, a national Greek organization for women in science and engineering. While an undergraduate, Annie worked with various campus organizations to advocate for campus and surrounding habitat ecology through natural history tours and publications. She is primarily trained as an insect ecologist but has an immense appreciation for all areas of science. Her philosophy on teaching bears that “Science is all around us—anyone has the capacity to recognize and utilize it, it is just a matter of knowing where to start.” 

In 2012, Annie completed her science credential and earned a Master of Education degree from UC San Diego. Since then, she has been a chemistry and environmental science teacher at Dougherty Valley High School in San Ramon, CA. Aside from science, her interests in education include social equity for students of ethnic minority backgrounds and advocacy of young women in the sciences.  Additionally, she is an active ally of the LGBT community. Ms. Nguyen is excited to join us as the Director for the Sally Ride Science Camp at UC San Diego!.

In her rare and spare time, Annie enjoys the study, science, exploration, making and consumption of food from all over the world. Cooking for others is her favorite way of expressing love.


Education Unlimited - Angela Allen (Sally Ride Science Camp Instructor)

Angela Allen, Sally Ride Science Camp Instructor

Dr. Angela Allen currently holds the title of Chemistry Instructor and Chair of the Natural Science Programs at Lenoir Community College in North Carolina. Dr. Allen’s focus is to collaborate with nearby four year institutions and local businesses to open doors for the Science Department at Lenoir. Throughout her educational career, Dr. Allen has obtained several academic achievements such as Minority Access to Research Careers Scholar, Minority Presence Grant, and the University of North Carolina Scholarship. Dr. Allen has conducted research, published numerous articles, and spoke at several conferences. Before working at Lenoir, Dr. Allen has worked as an Adjunct at other community colleges, a Teaching Assistant at North Carolina State University while completing her doctoral degree, a Researcher during her postdoctoral studies for USDA in South Carolina and a high school Physical Science Educator at East Laurens High School in Georgia. Dr. Allen brings over ten years of experience in the field of science education, mentoring, and tutoring. She holds a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Chemistry from Albany State University. She acquired a Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry from North Carolina State University. Dr. Allen is on a mission to build a reputation of being dedicated to every goal she chooses to pursue while having successes in both her personal and professional life. 


Education Unlimited - Taylor Halsey (Assistant Director/Instructional Asst.)

Taylor Halsey, Assistant Director/Instructional Asst.

Taylor Hasley – Minor Workshop Facilitator

Taylor Halsey is a senior at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) in Pomona, CA.  She is originally from Los Angeles, CA.   Currently she is studying Biotechnology and pursuing two minors in Chemistry and Science, Technology, and Society. This fall, she will be applying to graduate programs in Biotechnology and her ultimate career goal is to work in the biotechnology industry. This is her second year working for Education Unlimited at the Sally Ride Science Camps and she has thoroughly enjoyed her time with EU so far!

Prior to EU, she was a residential Girl Scout camp counselor for the Girl Scout Council of Greater Los Angeles (GSGLA). During the school year, she volunteers with GSGLA as a senior mentor for older girls. She also has been very involved with the student government for the College of Science at Cal Poly Pomona and has served as Director of Community Service and Vice President. One of her favorite extracurricular activities is mentoring an all-girl robotics team based in Pasadena, CA.  It is a passion of hers to be able to share her love of science with others and she looks forward to many more opportunities to do so in the years to come.


Education Unlimited - Victoria Obenchain (Science Instructor)

Victoria Obenchain, Science Instructor

 

Victoria Obenchain – Lead Instructor

Vickie Obenchain has been teaching for Education Unlimited since 2008, teaching not only with the Sally Ride program as a Marine Science and Astronomy instructor,  but also the A+ Middle School program.

She has two degrees in Environmental Science, a Bachelors of Science from Elon University in North Carolina, and a Masters from Montclair State University in New Jersey.

While she enjoys teaching during the summers for EU, she teaches the rest of the year at an independent school in Moraga, Ca. as their Kindergarten-8th grade science teacher.


We will continue to add additional staff members as enrollment and availability dictate. Details are posted on additional staff members as they are confirmed.


2013 Sally Ride Science Camp Staff Members Include:

Education Unlimited - Elizabeth Bull (Camp Director)

Elizabeth Bull, Camp Director

Elizabeth Bull is a writer and filmmaker. Her writing has been published in various journals, including H.O.W. Journal, Third Coast, Gulf Coast, and the LA Review of Books, and has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes. She’s worked in original series development at AMC during the creation of “Mad Men and “Breaking Bad,” and has written and directed several short films. Recently, she co-wrote the feature film “Song of Sway Lake,” and regularly collaborates with writers/directors as a reader and guide. Elizabeth has also co-produced two feature films, and a television series for Fuse.

She graduated from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film, and Television with a BA and The New School with an MFA. She studied directing at the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design, and Technology on a Rotary International Fellowship and taught writing at the University of Zadar in Croatia on a Fulbright Fellowship.  Elizabeth has taught writing with Education Unlimited for seven years, and started directing the A+ and Emerging Writers Institute programs in 2010.  


Education Unlimited - Rhonda McCoy (Sally Ride Science Camp Director)

Rhonda McCoy, Sally Ride Science Camp Director

Dr. Rhonda McCoy obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro, NC. After graduating from college she accepted a teaching position in Charlotte, NC. She dedicated herself to teaching chemistry and physics, and strongly believes that “Our Kids are Worth Whatever It Takes”.

 
After three years of teaching science she decided to continue her education in order to become a Research Scientist.  
 
In May 2012 Dr. McCoy completed her Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry at Howard University in Washington DC.  Her research interest include understanding molecule-substrate interactions, for applications in molecular electronics.  Dr. McCoy is currently working as a Scientist in the Pharmaceutical Industry.  Dr. McCoy began teaching Astronomy at Sally Ride Science camps in 2006 and then became a Director for the Sally Ride Science Camps in Southern California in 2008.  We are excited to have Dr. McCoy as a part of our Education Unlimited family. 


Education Unlimited - Brianna Broady (Public Speaking Instructor)

Brianna Broady, Public Speaking Instructor

Born and raised behind the enticing curtain of Orange County, Brianna Broady taught public speaking with three Education Unlimited programs last year and is delighted to return.Brianna is a second year graduate student at California State University Northridge and a teaching associate covering the fundamentals of public speaking courses. Also, Brianna is the assistant speech coach for the Matador Speech and Debate team, specializing in interpretive events, limited preparation, as well as platform speaking. This past semester, Brianna was the recipient of the 2014 Richard B. Aronstam - Dedicated Service to Forensics, Speech and Debate Team Award at CSUN. Within the realm of Communication Studies, her interests lie within the field of performance studies and intercultural communication studies. Brianna has been coaching and competing in forensics for the past six years at the collegiate level. As an undergraduate, she competed for 4 years as a Matador in the events of informative speaking, poetry, programmed oral interpretation, prose, and impromptu speaking. Brianna was also the first person in CSUN's history to qualify for the National Individual Event Tournament all four years that she competed. She values the art of learning through speaking competitions as well as the camaraderie within the community of speech and debate.  In her spare time, Brianna enjoys swimming and coaching, expanding her boards on Pinterest, and watching Netflix. 


Education Unlimited - Taylor Halsey (Assistant Director/Instructional Asst.)

Taylor Halsey, Assistant Director/Instructional Asst.

Taylor Hasley – Minor Workshop Facilitator

Taylor Halsey is a senior at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) in Pomona, CA.  She is originally from Los Angeles, CA.   Currently she is studying Biotechnology and pursuing two minors in Chemistry and Science, Technology, and Society. This fall, she will be applying to graduate programs in Biotechnology and her ultimate career goal is to work in the biotechnology industry. This is her second year working for Education Unlimited at the Sally Ride Science Camps and she has thoroughly enjoyed her time with EU so far!

Prior to EU, she was a residential Girl Scout camp counselor for the Girl Scout Council of Greater Los Angeles (GSGLA). During the school year, she volunteers with GSGLA as a senior mentor for older girls. She also has been very involved with the student government for the College of Science at Cal Poly Pomona and has served as Director of Community Service and Vice President. One of her favorite extracurricular activities is mentoring an all-girl robotics team based in Pasadena, CA.  It is a passion of hers to be able to share her love of science with others and she looks forward to many more opportunities to do so in the years to come.


Education Unlimited - Katherine McDonald (Assistant Director)

Katherine McDonald, Assistant Director

Katherine McDonald

Originally from Montclair, New Jersey, Katherine currently lives in Oakland, California.  In 2011, she graduated from Wesleyan University with a Bachelor's degree in English and Music.  While at Wesleyan, she tutored other students in English and music theory.   This past spring, she received her Master's degree in music composition from Mils College, where she focused on songwriting, multimedia collaboration, and taught musicianship at the undergraduate level.  She was also the 2014 recipient of the Paul Merritt Henry prize, which recognizes excellence in composition for string instruments.  In addition to songwriting and composing for dance and video, Katherine is interested in making video art of her own, cartooning and sculpting with clay and wood. 


Education Unlimited - Victoria Obenchain (Science Instructor)

Victoria Obenchain, Science Instructor

 

Victoria Obenchain – Lead Instructor

Vickie Obenchain has been teaching for Education Unlimited since 2008, teaching not only with the Sally Ride program as a Marine Science and Astronomy instructor,  but also the A+ Middle School program.

She has two degrees in Environmental Science, a Bachelors of Science from Elon University in North Carolina, and a Masters from Montclair State University in New Jersey.

While she enjoys teaching during the summers for EU, she teaches the rest of the year at an independent school in Moraga, Ca. as their Kindergarten-8th grade science teacher.



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