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Jonas Dino
NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.
Phone: (650) 604-5612 / 9000
E-mail: jdino@mail.arc.nasa.gov

May 17, 2006
 
RELEASE : 06_32AR
 
 
NASA Ames Welcomes the Return of the Sally Ride Science Festival
 
 
The Sally Ride Science Festival at NASA Ames Research Center has been postponed due to the threat of rain and possible thunderstorms forecast for the San Francisco Bay Area.

Hundreds of San Francisco Bay Area girls in grades 5-8, their parents and teachers will join NASA astronaut Janice Voss on a journey of scientific discovery as the Sally Ride Science Festival returns to NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., on Sunday, May 21. News media representatives are invited to attend the festival.

Designed to encourage girls and young women to pursue careers in math, science and engineering, the festival runs from 11:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. PDT and features an inspirational talk by Voss, a veteran of five space shuttle missions; an interactive street fair with experiments, food and music; and workshops presented by female professionals in fields ranging from astrobiology to veterinary medicine. Attendees are required to pre-register at http://www.sallyridefestivals.com/06nasaames0521/register.shtml or by phone at (800) 561-5161.

Festival Schedule
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. PDT Check-in, Lunch, Street Fair
1:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. PDT Featured Talk, Discovery Workshops, Street Fair, Free Drawing

To reach NASA Ames, take the Moffett Field exit from U.S. Highway 101 and drive east to the main gate. Gate security staff will have maps to the festival. For questions or to arrange an interview opportunity with Voss, please contact Jonas Dino at (650) 207-3280 or (650) 604-5612.

Girls will have the opportunity to attend two of the 22 workshops offered. Workshop topics cover fire science to the magic of water, studying our atmosphere to the creation of craters in the solar system, new materials for spacecraft to space elevators, paper airplanes to air traffic management and much more. Parents and teachers will attend separate workshops dedicated to different methods to support these students' interests in science and math.

Former astronaut Sally Ride founded Sally Ride Science™ to support the large numbers of girls and young women who are, or might become, interested in science, math and technology. The company creates innovative science experiences for girls that empower them, engage them, and encourage their interests. Current programs include Sally Ride Science Festivals, TOY challengeTM, Sally Ride Science Camps, and Sally Ride Science—After-school clubs. Ms. Ride's publications include a science careers book series, a space book series, a science newsletter, and other science materials.

As part of NASA's commitment to the next generation of explorers, NASA Ames is collaborating with Sally Ride Science to sponsor and host the science festival at the NASA Research Park on the NASA Ames campus.

For a detailed schedule of events, a complete list of workshops and more information about the Sally Ride Science Festival at NASA Ames, visit:

http://www.sallyridefestivals.com



To preregister for the Sally Ride Science Festival, call 800/561-5161 or visit:

http://www.sallyridefestivals.com/06nasaames0521/register.shtml



 

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