Reach For The Stars!
Since middle school is the age where girls typically lose interest in science, Sally Ride asked us to work with her to create festivals to excite and inspire them. The result was that in 2006, Rice University began hosting the annual Sally Ride Science Festival. Sally Ride herself was the first speaker and often hailed the Rice event as the largest and best attended of her festivals. Each annual Festival includes a street fair, an inspiring talk by a woman astronaut, and roughly thirty women-led science and engineering workshops (each student attends two).
2018 Keynote Speaker Peggy Whitson
We are delighted to announce that Peggy Whitson will return for her third time to thrill the Ride Festival participants! In 2007 she greeted the girls from space when Eileen was the keynote speaker (see the link to the video below), and in 2008 she spoke in person. Now ten years later and the record-holder for longest single flight of a Woman in Space (289 days), and most total days of an American in space (667!), she returns to her Alma Mater to inspire again!
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