The Academy is a professional training program for teachers and counselors that discusses the importance of introducing young students to STEM careers, and provides a variety of instructional methods to foster excitement and awareness in the classroom. It also works to dispel negative stereotypes and STEM career perceptions.
In addition to sparking interest in STEM by supplementing the traditional math and science curricula, the Academy provides gender equity training to ensure that girls are encouraged to follow their interest in those fields. Studies show that in fourth grade the number of girls and boys who like math and science is about the same, but by eighth grade, twice as many boys as girls show interest in these subjects. Dr. Ride firmly believed that addressing this trend at an early age in the classroom was imperative to capturing—and holding—young people’s attention in STEM.
The Sally Ride Science Academy Brought to you by ExxonMobil has trained more than 8,500 educators to date, impacting close to one million students across the country.