Press Release

Sally Ride Science Teams with Northrop Grumman Foundation to Advance STEM Education

By SpaceRef Editor
September 18, 2012
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Sally Ride Science, a leader in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, will give a boost to science teaching and student achievement in mid-Atlantic classrooms this month, thanks to support from the Northrop Grumman Foundation.

The Sally Ride Science Educator Institute, set for Sept. 22 at the National Electronics Museum in Linthicum, Maryland, will bring together 50 educators and administrators from various districts for a day of professional development. Participating districts include Prince George’s County Public Schools and Harford County Public Schools in Maryland and Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia.

Participants in the one-day training will learn how to ignite student interest in STEM through engaging techniques that connect standards-based content with current topics, STEM career paths, and examples of diverse scientists working in the field today.

“The benefits of exciting students about science extend far beyond improved test scores,” said Dr. Karen Flammer, co-founder of Sally Ride Science. “We want to help teachers get their students thinking about their futures and the possibilities that exist for them in STEM careers. We’re thrilled to partner with the Northrop Grumman Foundation to empower both teachers and their students.”

Educators will receive professional development credit along with Sally Ride Science Cool Careers in STEM books and other resources that they can immediately incorporate into classroom instruction to enhance learning. Sally Ride Science faculty, comprised of nationally recognized current and former teachers, will lead the training.

Through its partnership with Sally Ride Science, Northrop Grumman Foundation supports Sally Ride Science’s mission to ignite students’ interest in science. “The Northrop Grumman Foundation is committed to providing unique educational experiences related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics for students and teachers.” said Sandra Evers-Manly, president of the Northrop Grumman Foundation. “We have seen great success with the many STEM programs we support around the country for middle and high school students and teachers.”

An additional Sally Ride Science Educator Institute, also sponsored by Northrop Grumman Foundation, will be held on Oct. 13 in Redondo Beach, Calif.

About Northrop Grumman Foundation

The Northrop Grumman Foundation supports diverse and sustainable programs for students and teachers. These programs create innovative education experiences in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. For more information, please visit

About Sally Ride Science

Sally Ride Science(TM) is an innovative science education company dedicated to supporting student interest in science, technology, engineering, and math. Dr. Sally Ride, America’s first woman in space, founded the company with a mission to educate, engage, and inspire all students. Since 2001, thousands of educators across the nation have utilized Sally Ride Science’s standards-based classroom materials, professional development, and cutting-edge classroom programs to bring science to life. For more information, visit

Sally Ride Science
Meredith Manning, 858-638-1432

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