Sally Ride Science

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Sally Ride Science
Sally Ride Science logo.png
Founded 2001
Founder Sally Ride
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location San Diego, California
Official website

Sally Ride Science was founded in 2001 by Sally Ride (who died in 2012), America's first woman in space, to develop and provide classroom materials and professional development programs for 4th through 8th grade educators.[1] The company, based in San Diego, California, focuses on science, technology, engineering and math education. Tam O'Shaughnessy, Ride's life partner,[2] serves as CEO and Chair of the Board of Directors.[3]

Classroom Materials[edit]

Sally Ride Science offers both individual science books as well as full classroom sets for sale from the Sally Ride Science Store:[4] Sally Ride Science products are also sold by PASCO, an education technology company that develops and supplies products for education.[5]

Sally Ride Science Academy[edit]

The Sally Ride Science Academy is sponsored by ExxonMobil and is a program to train teachers on how to develop scientific interests in their students. Attendance is offered by invitation only.[6] The Academy's curriculum is based on a "train the trainer" model and encourages trainees to train other teachers in the Academy methods.[7]

In 2009, Sally Ride Science hosted its first Academy in San Diego, CA, giving 111 teachers and administrators tools to help increase students’ interest in science and is a 4-day professional development event offered to teachers and administrators.[citation needed]

It is estimated that by the end of the 2012-2013 academic year over 750,000 elementary and middle school students in 51 districts in at least 16 states and the District of Columbia will have been impacted by Academy trainers and trainees.[6] It is estimated that about 2,500 teachers and 45,000 students have reaped the benefits of the program so far.[citation needed]

Sally Ride Science Festivals[edit]

Multiple Sally Ride Science Festivals are hosted throughout the year on college campuses across the country. These student-centered events host hundreds of 5th-8th grade girls and feature science games, experiments and workshops as well as guest speakers, food and music.[8]


  1. ^ "Sally Ride Science — About us". Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Mozuch, Mo. "Tam O’Shaughnessy: The Low-Profile Partner of America’s First (Posthumously) Openly Gay Astronaut". International Digital Times. 
  3. ^ "Sally Ride Science Academy — Faculty". Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  4. ^ "Sally Ride Science Store". Sally Ride Store. Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "Products — Sally Ride Science". Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Sally Ride Science Academy — About us". Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "Sally Ride Science Academy". Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  8. ^ "Sally Ride Science Festivals". Retrieved 22 March 2013.