Blast off for STEM!
June 22, 2012
Once again here at Nomad Press we’re hosting STEM Friday. It’s a chance for us to feature children’s books from all over the web that incorporate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Leave your links and information in the comments.This week for STEM Friday we want to feature two of our books about the solar system. The first, Explore the Solar System!, is for kids ages 6-9, and the second, Amazing Solar System Projects You Can Build Yourself, is for kids ages 9 and up. We’re featuring these two books on space because this week STEM Friday happens to follow two important anniversaries: the anniversary of the first woman in space on June 16 AND the anniversary of the first American woman in space on June 18!
In 1963 Valentina Tereshkova, a Soviet cosmonaut, became the first woman to fly in space when she orbited Earth 48 times in the spacecraft Vostok 6. A crater on the Moon is named in her honor. Twenty years later, in 1983, Sally Ride became the first American woman in space on the shuttle Challenger (STS-7).
Pioneering accolades aside, Sally Ride is a pretty great woman, especially in the world of science and technology. In 2001 she founded Sally Ride Science to help motivate girls and young women to pursue careers in science, math, and technology. Among other things, the company develops programs for parents and teachers to help spark and sustain interest in these subjects. She’s a STEM torchbearer! And she’s not just a name behind the program either. She’s launched science-centered festivals for girls, where she too participates in the workshops led by female scientists. When asked about the progress of the program in an interview with SUCCESS magazine, Ride said, “We need to make science cool again…If we can make science and engineering cool again, maybe our work is done.”
Sally Ride Science has teamed up with ExxonMobil with a project called “Let’s Solve This” to promote STEM inspired programs that transform student performance. When, in 2009, the Program for International Students Assessment ranked US students 17th in the world in science and 25th in math, Sally said, let’s change that.
The only way to change that is to teach and inspire and make these subjects rocket to the top of our children’s interest lists! Hey, this woman went to space. She knows first-hand that the universe is awesome!
Sally Ride, you make science cool in my book.
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