San Diego, CA (PRWEB) January 15, 2014
As part of an ongoing mission to connect students to careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), Sally Ride Science will be taking part in the Million Women Mentors (MWM) initiative, which is designed to unite more than 1 million girls and young women with STEM professionals and leaders.
"Being part of the MWM initiative fits right in with our mission to give students greater access to STEM careers," says Sally Ride Science CEO Sheryle Bolton. "Women constitute more than 50% of the workforce, but hold less than 25% of the STEM jobs. STEM fields offer some of the best economic and career opportunities in our economy, and we want young girls to understand that they can be part of that."
In support of MWM, the Sally Ride Science agenda for the coming year will include educator trainings (online and in-person), the launch of a new multi-media virtual mentoring platform, and new site license offerings that will provide convenient access to Sally Ride Science eBooks and professional development.
Company mentoring initiatives planned for 2014 include:
o The 20th Annual Space Exploration Educators Conference, February 6-8, Houston, TX. Sally Ride Science co-founder Dr. Karen Flammer will be a presenting speaker.
o NSTA National Conference, April 3-6, Boston, MA. The company will be exhibiting, with executive staff on-hand to meet science teachers and students.
o U.S. News STEM Solutions Conference, April 23-25, Washington, D.C. The company will be exhibiting as more than 2,000 STEM leaders gather to help shape the future of STEM education.
o USA Science & Engineering Festival, April 25-27, Washington, D.C. Sally Ride Science will be both exhibiting AND conducting a one-day training at this event (contact Sally Ride Science for early bird registration or for details).
"Everything we do is centered on connecting students to career paths in STEM, providing students with the same type of examples and instruction that a mentor often provides," says Bolton. "Through our professional development, classroom resources, and events, we hope to serve students who may lack access to helpful mentoring and empower teachers with more mentoring tools."
About Million Women Mentors
Million Women Mentors is a collective national campaign and program with the purpose of captivating one million mentors to link with one million girls and young professionals for their STEM careers. Through its efforts, MWM works to showcase existing best practices and suggestions for the future. The program is a collective effort of MWM founding partners, including 35 non-profits and major corporations, and will also reach government agencies. MWM is an initiative of STEMconnector, an organization that works closely with corporations and other organizations to assist in corporate development, corporate structure, and smart STEM investments.
About Sally Ride Science
Sally Ride Science, founded by Dr. Sally Ride, America’s first woman in space, provides college and career readiness training and tools to build students' passion for STEM fields and help teachers incorporate engaging career-focused approaches into their existing instruction . Sally Ride Science administers the Sally Ride Science Academy Brought to You by ExxonMobil, a professional development program for educators in Grades 4-8, the Sally Ride Online Academy, an online professional development program open to all educators, STEM Central, a web-based searchable database of online resources for STEM topics and careers, and Sally Ride EarthKAM, a unique NASA-backed educational outreach program enabling students, teachers, and the public to learn about Earth from the unique perspective of space. Visit http://www.sallyridescience.com for more information.