POSTED: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 7:00am
UPDATED: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - 7:04am
Baton Rouge, La — Middle school science teachers should expect a surge of student enthusiasm this fall when the Sally Ride Science Festival makes its way Louisiana State University on September 22nd, 2012.
Presented by ExxonMobil, the festival for 5th to 8th grade girls features hands-on workshops, guest speakers, and a street fair complete with food, booths and music. This will be the third festival Sally Ride Science has hosted at the Baton Rouge campus, and the renowned science education company is expecting hundreds of girls, teachers and parents to attend.
“ExxonMobil is proud to offer the Sally Ride Science Festival again this year,” said ExxonMobil Baton Rouge Polyolefins Plant Manager Angela Zeringue. “It’s important that we show girls in our local community how exciting a career in math and science can be. There will be many role models for the girls to learn from at the event, and we hope that some will be inspired to pursue careers in STEM fields. This is workforce development, and it is a lot of fun as well!”
Along with a day full of fun activities and socializing, the Sally Ride Science Festival is famous for bringing in courageous, innovative and inspiring female scientists who encourage girls to use their imaginations and pursue their dreams.
"LSU is proud to play a role in the Sally Ride Science Festival for Girls," said LSU Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Stuart Bell. "The Cain Center for STEM Literacy has done a tremendous job of bringing the joy of science and STEM-based disciplines to students of all ages and backgrounds, and this festival is another example of its success. Young women play an integral role in our country's future -- encouraging aptitude in these areas is an investment in the future of the United States."
The festival is open to the public and will run from 11:00 a.m. until 4:15 p.m. A $20 advanced registration fee includes the featured talk, workshops, lunch and the street fair. Advance registration is required. For more information, visit www.sallyridescience.com  or call 1-800-561-5161.