Sally Ride Science Festival at UCSD

Sally Ride Science Festival

Southern California teachers and parents should expect a surge of science enthusiasm this spring when the Sally Ride Science Festival makes its way to the University of California, San Diego on Saturday, May 14, 2011. SDASM will be both presenting and exhibiting at this event.

Presented by the Northrop Grumman Foundation, the festival for 5th to 8th grade girls features hands-on workshops, guest speakers, and a street fair complete with food, booths and music.  A highlight of the day will be the keynote presentation by former NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence.

“Northrop Grumman Foundation is proud to continue its partnership with Sally Ride Science and enthusiastically joins in the efforts to engage girls to explore exciting and rewarding careers in science, technology, engineering and math,” said Sandra Evers-Manly, president of the Northrop Grumman Foundation.

Since 2001, Sally Ride Science Festivals have given middle school girls the opportunity to explore a variety of science fields and meet inspiring scientists such as Sally Ride, Laurie Leshin, and Ellen Ochoa.

“We know that girls are encouraged to pursue science when they are free to investigate and discover through hands-on activities that are meaningful and relevant to their lives. These festivals allow girls to explore their innate curiosity while giving parents and teachers tips on how to further support that interest. It’s also just a really fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon!” said Dr. Sally Ride, CEO of Sally Ride Science.

The festival runs from 11 a.m. until 4:15 p.m. and, with the exception of workshops, will be held completely outdoors. The event is open to the public and advanced registration is required.

For advance ticket reservation and more information, including directions, please go to or call 1-800-561-5161.

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