What Sally Ride Did For STEM Education
From the editors at SciAm:
Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, died on July 23 of pancreatic cancer. She was 61. Outside her trail-blazing career as an astronaut, Ride was also a major champion of STEM education. In 2010, she helped found an initiative called Change the Equation [a CEO-driven initiative to increase student literacy in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). More than 100 companies joined forces–from Facebook to Microsoft, DreamWorks to Google–to improve education in these fields, which will account for some eight million jobs by 2018] to bolster student engagement in math and science programs. Here, again, is that story from September 16, 2010.