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Space Foundation Hosts Training with Sally Ride Science and Northrop Grumman Foundation

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Sally Ride Science, with support from the Northrop Grumman Foundation, will deliver in-person training to educators at the Space Foundation in Colorado Springs, Colo., on Saturday, September 21.

This professional development event — called Igniting Student Interest in STEM — will help improve how educators increase student engagement in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and interest in STEM careers.

The event will bring together dozens of educators and administrators with Sally Ride Science faculty for one day of training in which attendees will learn how to ignite — and maintain — 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 fields and topics extend far beyond improved test scores,” said Dr. Karen Flammer, co-founder of Sally Ride Science. “We want to help teachers cultivate college-and career-readiness, and 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 books and other resources they can incorporate into classroom instruction to enhance learning. Sally Ride Science faculty, composed 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. “Our partnership with Sally Ride Science is just one example of the great successes we have seen with the 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 in Irving, Texas, on November 2.  For more details on this and other Sally Ride Science events, visit

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 provides college and career readiness training and tools to build students’ passion for STEM fields and careers. Founded by Dr. Sally Ride, America’s first woman in space, the Company brings science to life for upper-elementary and middle school students, and offers professional development via the Sally Ride Online Academy, showing educators how to incorporate engaging career-focused approaches into their existing instruction. Visit

About the Space Foundation
The foremost advocate for all sectors of the space industry and an expert in all aspects of space, the Space Foundation is a global, nonprofit leader in space awareness activities, educational programs that bring space into the classroom and major industry events, including the annual Space Symposium, all in support of its mission “to advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable and propel humanity.” The Space Foundation publishes The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity and provides three indexes that track daily U.S. stock market performance of the space industry. Through its Space Certification™ and Space Technology Hall of Fame® programs, the Space Foundation recognizes space-based technologies and innovations that have been adapted to improve life on Earth. The Space Foundation was founded in 1983 and is based in Colorado Springs, Colo. Its world headquarters features a public Discovery Center with two main areas – the El Pomar Space Gallery and the Northrop Grumman Science Center featuring Science On a Sphere®. The Space Foundation also conducts research and analysis and government affairs activities from its Washington, D.C., office and has a field office in Houston, Texas. For more information, visit Follow us on FacebookLinkedIn and Twitter, and read about the latest space news and Space Foundation activities in Space Watch.

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