October 14, 2008

Astronaut Sally Ride and ExxonMobil Invite Girls to Explore Hands- on Science at Louisiana State University

Sally Ride Science Festival brings science to life and inspires upper elementary and middle school girls to think about the vast range of careers in science

Sally Ride Science

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On Nov. 16, local girls will be inspired to dig into hands-on science at the Sally Ride Science Festival at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA. The festival, which is open to the public, runs from 12:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. and is presented by ExxonMobil and Sally Ride Science.

The Sally Ride Science Festival, hosted by the Gordon A. Cain Center for Scientific, Technological, Engineering and Mathematical Literacy at Louisiana State University, in partnership with Colleges of Engineering and Basic Sciences, will bring together hundreds of upper elementary and middle school girls, parents and teachers for a day of science and socializing. The festival features discovery workshops for students given by local scientists and engineers, and workshops for parents and teachers on ways to support students' interests in science and math. A highlight of the festival is an inspiring talk by astronaut Wendy Lawrence, a veteran of 4 space shuttle missions and an astronaut for 14 years. The festival also includes a street fair with hands-on activities, booths, and music.

The cost of the festival is $10 and advance registration is required. The registration fee includes the featured talk, workshops, and the street fair. Additional sponsorship is provided by Northrop Grumman, a national sponsor of Sally Ride Science Festivals.

For more information go to www.SallyRideScience.com or call 1- 800-561-5161.

About Sally Ride Science

Sally Ride Science is an innovative science content company dedicated to fueling girls' and boys' interests in science, math and technology. Dr. Sally Ride, best known as America's first woman in space, founded the company in 2001 to create quality programs and products that educate, entertain, engage and inspire. Our programs include Sally Ride Science Festivals, TOYchallenge, Educator Institutes, summer camps, and after-school programs. Our publications include award-winning science books, science career books, and innovative Classroom Sets to supplement science instruction. Our publications and programs bring science to life and show kids that science is creative, collaborative, fascinating and fun. For more information go to www.SallyRideScience.com or call 1- 800-561-5161.

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