Apr 5, 2007    #050
Contact: Amanda Lepper
(816) 235-1592

UMKC to host Sally Ride Festival for young girls April 14

The Sally Ride Science Festival, presented by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, will bring together hundreds of girls for a fantastic day of science and socializing at the University of Missouri-Kansas City campus. Open to parents and teachers as well, the festival features the opportunity to meet and listen to an inspiring talk by astronaut Sally Ride, America’s first woman in space. The event is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Saturday, April 14.

“Notwithstanding the importance of science and math, girls need to see examples of today’s successful female engineers and scientists and understand the relevance of a rewarding technical career, including making a difference, great income potential and flexibility," said Dr. Sally Ride, president and CEO of Sally Ride Science. "These are motivating career factors that are relevant to young women. At UMKC, girls will be shoulder-to-shoulder with inspiring and entertaining role models.”

The Kauffman Foundation is funding the festival as part of its 10-year agenda to improve math, engineering, technology and science teaching in Kansas City.

"Events like these bring textbook learning to life," said Dr. Dennis Cheek, vice president of education with the Kauffman Foundation. "The more students can see math and science in the real world, the more inspired they will be to become the mathematicians, engineers, scientists and innovators of the future."

The Kansas City science event will also feature dozens of local female engineers and scientists who will share their inspiring stories and entertain girls with fun workshops, such as “Ms. Doctors (Women in Medicine),” "Candy Chromatography” and “Not Everything That Glows…A Guided Tour Through Rad Town!” Areas of discovery include dentistry, veterinary medicine, architecture, chemistry, astronomy and medicine. There is also an adult track for parents and educators on topics such as hands-on science and gender equity which features workshops such as “Survivor: "Homework Island."

The festival will take place at UMKC’s University Center. The day begins at 11 a.m. with check-in and a street fair and ends at 4:15 p.m. The cost is $18 in advance and includes lunch and all festival activities and materials. Advance registration is required.

Teachers, parents and students can register and learn more about the festivals by visiting or by calling (800) 561-5161.

Northrop Grumman Foundation is a national sponsor for Sally Ride Science Festivals.

Astronaut Sally Ride founded Sally Ride Science to support the large numbers of girls who are, or might become, interested in science, math and technology. The company creates innovative science experiences for girls that empower them, engage them, and encourage their interests. Current programs include Sally Ride Science Festivals, TOYchallenge, Sally Ride Science Camps, and Sally Ride Science After-School Clubs.

Sally Ride Science also publishes quality materials that educate, entertain, engage and inspire upper elementary and middle school girls and boys in science, math and technology. Books and activities bring role models to life and show kids that science is creative, collaborative, fascinating and fun. To learn more about Sally Ride Science, visit or call (800) 561-5161.

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation of Kansas City is a private, nonpartisan foundation that works with partners to advance entrepreneurship in America and improve the education of children and youth. The Kauffman Foundation was established in the mid-1960s by the late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman. Information about the Kauffman Foundation is available at


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