Sally Ride Science

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Sally Ride Science
Sally Ride Science logo.png
Founded 2001
Founder Sally Ride, Tam O'Shaughnessy, Karen Flammer, Terry McEntee, Alann Lopes
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location San Diego, California
Official website

Sally Ride Science is a company founded in 2001 by Sally Ride, America's first woman in space, along with Tam O'Shaughnessy, Karen Flammer, Terry McEntee, and Alann Lopes to inspire young people in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and to promote STEM literacy. The company's programs are intended to help educators build students' STEM literacy and make connections between what they are learning and the STEM fields that are expected to experience rapid job growth in the coming decades. The company's goal is to inspire more students—especially girls and minorities—to stick with STEM as they go through school.[1][2][3] O'Shaughnessy is the President and Chief Executive Officer.[4]

School Programs[edit]

Cool Careers in STEM provides professional development and classroom resources (eBooks, Teacher Guides, and a STEM Career Connections Teacher Activity Guide)—everything an educator needs to keep students interested in STEM topics and careers. Research shows that learning about STEM careers and the diverse people working in these fields inspires students and makes the study of science, technology, engineering, and math more meaningful to them.[5]

Key Concepts in Science (Life, Earth, and Physical Science) is an integrated standards-based program. It provides professional development for educators and classroom resources (eBooks, Hands-on Investigations, Teacher Guides, and Assessments) that educators can use to build students’ STEM literacy and college and career readiness. Studies show that teaching fewer science concepts in greater depth gives students the foundation they need to develop STEM literacy.[6]

Student Programs[edit]

Sally Ride EarthKAM is a NASA education program that enables students around the world to explore Earth from the unique perspective of space. During Sally Ride EarthKAM missions, students submit requests to have a digital camera aboard the International Space Station (ISS) capture images of almost any location on Earth. The images are extraordinary classroom resources for studying Earth and space science, geology, social studies, math, communications, art, and more.[7]

Sally Ride Science Festivals bring together hundreds of students for a fun day of science activities. Each festival features a keynote speaker, hands-on workshops led by STEM professionals, and a Street Fair with exhibits, music, and food. The festivals ignite student interest in STEM and introduce students to real-life STEM professionals in their community [8] [9]


  1. ^ "Sally Ride Science—About us". Retrieved 3 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Change the Equation". Retrieved 3 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "Temporal Dynamics of Learning Center, UCSD". Retrieved 3 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "Sally Ride Science—Management Team". Retrieved 3 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "National Center for Education Research, U.S. Department of Education (2007). Encouraging Girls in Math and Science, IES Practice Guide.". Retrieved 3 February 2015. 
  6. ^ "Next Generation Science Standards (2013).". Retrieved 3 February 2015. 
  7. ^ "Sally Ride EarthKAM". Retrieved 3 February 2015. 
  8. ^ "Sally Ride Science Festival. Houston Geological Society". Retrieved 3 February 2015. 
  9. ^ "Sally Ride Science Festivals". Retrieved 9 February 2014.