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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

October 17, 2006
 
RELEASE : 06_74AR
 
 
NASA Ames Welcomes the Return of the Sally Ride Science Festival
 
 
Hundreds of San Francisco Bay Area girls in grades 5-8, along with 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 Saturday, Oct. 21. The event will be held at Shenandoah Plaza and various buildings within the NASA Research Park at NASA Ames. 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 the Web site below or by phone at (800) 561-5161. Registrations for last May’s postponed Sally Ride Science Festival will continue to be honored.

Festival Schedule

11:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. PDT: Check-in, Lunch, Street Fair

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. PDT: Featured Talk

2:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. PDT: Discovery Workshops, Street Fair, Free Drawing

Girls will have the opportunity to attend two of the 23 workshops offered. Workshop topics range from fun with optics, to bubble design; the study of our atmosphere, to the search for life; paper airplanes, to air traffic management; and much more. Parents and teachers will attend separate workshops dedicated to supporting these students’ interests in science and math.

News media interested in attending or interviewing Voss should contact Jonas Dino at 650-207-3280 or 650-604-5612.

During Voss’ five missions, she has traveled more than 18.8 million miles and has orbited the Earth 779 times. Highlights from her missions include the capture of the of the European Retrievable Carrier using the space shuttle’s robotic arm, a rendezvous with the Russian space station, Mir, the deployment of an ultraviolet imaging system that studied gas and dust between stars, and the mapping of more than 47 million miles of Earth’s land surface. She has a master’s degree in electrical engineering and a doctorate in aeronautics/astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before joining NASA’s astronaut corps, she worked at the NASA Johnson Space Center, Houston, performing computer simulations in the Engineering and Development Directorate.

Voss is currently the science director for the Kepler mission at the NASA Ames. Kepler, when launched in 2008, will search for Earth-sized planets around distant stars.

Astronaut Sally Ride founded Sally Ride Science to support the large numbers of girls 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, TOYchallenge, Sally Ride Science Camps, and Sally Ride Science After-School Clubs. Sally Ride Science also publishes quality materials that educate, entertain, engage and inspire upper elementary and middle school girls and boys in science, math and technology. As part of NASA’s commitment to attract and retain students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), NASA Ames is collaborating with Sally Ride Science to sponsor and host the science festival. NASA’s focus on girls is consistent with national efforts to increase the number of women in STEM-related fields.

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/06nasaames1021/register.shtml'

For information about NASA, visit:

'http://www.nasa.gov'

 

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