Sally Ride Science and ExxonMobil to Bring Science Festival
for Middle School Girls to University of Texas at Dallas
DALLAS – Middle school science teachers should expect a surge of student enthusiasm in science and math this spring when the Sally Ride Science Festival jets into Dallas on Saturday, April 6, 2013.
Presented by ExxonMobil and founded by the late Dr. Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, the Festival will honor Ride’s legacy of helping “make science and engineering cool.” Designed for fifth- through eighth-grade girls, the Sally Ride Science Festival will be held at the University of Texas at Dallas and feature hands-on workshops, guest speakers, a street fair complete with food, booths and music, and opportunities for girls to learn from inspiring female scientists, engineers and physicians.
“Our partnership with Sally Ride Science and the University of Texas at Dallas will give North Texas students new and exciting opportunities to explore science,” said Suzanne McCarron, general manager, public and government affairs, Exxon Mobil Corporation. “The Sally Ride Science Festival will show girls that science is fun and offers many rewarding options for future study and careers.”
The April 6th event at the University of Texas at Dallas marks the 92nd Festival conducted nationwide since Sally Ride Science, a renowned science-education company, was founded in 2001.
“The University of Texas at Dallas is deeply committed to providing both STEM education and outreach opportunities to under-represented groups in our community. We are excited to host the Sally Ride Science Festival and help honor the memory of one of America’s great pioneers and role models,” said Dr. Bruce Novak, Dean of the School of Natural Sciences & Mathematics at UTD.
The festival is open to the public and will run from 11:00 a.m. until 4:15 p.m. Advance registration and payment ($20 fee per participant) is required. The participant fee includes access to the featured talk, workshops and street fair and lunch. For more information and/or to register, please visit www.sallyridescience.com or call 1-800-561-5161.
About Sally Ride Science
Sally Ride Science™ is an innovative science education company dedicated to supporting student interest in science, math and technology. Dr. Sally Ride, America’s first woman in space, founded the company with a mission to educate, engage and inspire all students. Since 2001, thousands of educators across the nation have utilized the standards-based classroom materials, professional development and cutting-edge classroom programs that bring science to life. www.sallyridescience.com
ExxonMobil is the largest publicly traded international oil and gas company and operates in most of the world’s countries, using technology and innovation to help meet growing energy needs. ExxonMobil holds an industry-leading inventory of resources, is the largest refiner and marketer of petroleum products, and its chemical company is one of the largest in the world.
ExxonMobil engages in a range of philanthropic activities that advance education, health and science in the communities where ExxonMobil has significant operations. In the United States, ExxonMobil supports initiatives to improve math and science education at the K-12 and higher education levels. Globally, ExxonMobil provides funding to improve basic education, promote women as catalysts for economic development, and combat malaria and other infectious diseases in developing countries. In 2011, together with its employees and retirees, Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM), its divisions and affiliates, and ExxonMobil Foundation provided $278 million in contributions worldwide, of which $120 million was dedicated to education. Additional information on ExxonMobil’s community partnerships and contributions programs is available at www.exxonmobil.com/community.