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Sally Ride Comes to UCR

Sally Ride Science Club™ Encourages Girls To Reach For The Stars
At Inland Empire Science Festival

First Inland Empire Science Festival event to be held at UC Riverside

(October 29, 2002)

Sally Ride with participants at the recent science fair event in Atlanta

Sally Ride with participants at the recent science fair event in Atlanta

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (October 29, 2002) — The Sally Ride Science Club, dedicated to creating events, programs and activities that support girls’ interest in science, math and technology, will host its first Inland Empire community science festival on Saturday, November 23, at the University of California, Riverside. The festival is for girls in grades 5 through 8; parents and educators are also welcome to attend.

This is one in a series of Festivals organized by the Sally Ride Science Club. Festivals held in San Diego, Atlanta, Phoenix, Los Angeles, the Washington, DC area, Boston and Atlanta, have each attracted hundreds of girls and parents for a day of fun and discovery. The Festivals are aimed toward middle school girls because that is the age where many girls begin to drift from their natural interests in science and math.

The Inland Empire festival will feature a keynote speech by Sally Ride, America’s first woman astronaut; exciting Discovery Workshops led by local female scientists and engineers; and a festive Street Fair with booths, exhibits, food, music and a raffle. There is also a special adult track for parents and educators. Registration begins at 8:00 am, and the festival runs from 8:00 am to 1:30 pm. The $15 advance registration fee ($20 the day of the event) includes full participation in the festival, materials, souvenirs, a snack and lunch.

Sally Ride Science Club’s Inland Empire Science Festival Highlights:
• Hear Sally Ride describe her experiences in space
• Choose from 22hands-on, creative science, math and tech-related Discovery Workshops including: “Colorful Chemistry”; “The Work of Firefighters and Paramedics”; “Starlab”; and “Exploring Mars”
• Join a Street Fair full of fun with science demonstrations, entertainment, free stuff, and a raffle.

The Inland Empire Science Festival is organized by the Sally Ride Science Club, and presented in association with the University of California, Riverside.

Festival sponsors include Lockheed Martin Corporation and The Weather Channel, Inc. Additional Sally Ride Science Club festivals will be held in San Antonio on December 7, 2002; San Diego on February 22, 2003; Phoenix on March 15, 2003; and Los Angeles on March 29, 2003. Each festival will incorporate the resources of the local community to energize girls and encourage them to Reach for the Stars!

The Sally Ride Science Club is operated by Imaginary Lines, Inc., a company founded by former astronaut Sally Ride to provide support for the large numbers of girls and young women who are, or might become, interested in science, math, engineering, and technology. The national Club was created to keep girls engaged in science adventures by connecting them to people, information, and attitudes that will nurture their relationship with science at a critical time in their lives. It is open to upper elementary and middle school girls across the country, and actively promotes a diverse membership.

Click on the links below for more information on Sally Ride Science Club Festivals, Imaginary Lines and the Sally Ride Science Club, and to register for the Inland Empire festival, or call 1-800-561-5161.

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