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Sally Ride Science Festival at UT Arlington set to bring 900 to campus

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Friday, October 29, 2010

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Media Contact: Traci Peterson, Office:817-272-9208, Cell:817-521-5494, tpeterso@uta.edu

ARLINGTON - About 900 parents, teachers and middle school girls from Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington and other area cities are expected at The University of Texas at Arlington on Saturday to take part in the Sally Ride Science Festival. The Festival, presented by ExxonMobil and Sally Ride Science, will feature a day of fun and educational activities designed to get girls excited about science.

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The event will begin at 11 a.m. with a street fair on the UT Arlington library mall where students, parents and teachers will engage in hands-on science activities. Next, they'll attend a keynote address at 1 p.m. in Texas Hall from astronaut Barbara Morgan, who participated in the Teacher in Space Program as a mission specialist aboard the Shuttle Endeavour.

From 2 -4 p.m., the students will attend interactive workshops presented by local scientists and engineers. Some of those planned include a "Build Your Own Roller Coaster" physics presentation and a lesson in "FUNdamental Genetics."

This is the first year The University of Texas at Arlington has hosted the Sally Ride Science Festival. For more information about the University, visit www.uta.edu.

Sally Ride Science is an innovative science content company dedicated to fueling girls' and boys' interests in science, math and technology. For more information, visit www.sallyridescience.com.

ExxonMobil supports programs that encourage students to take an active interest in careers in math and science fields and promotes the involvement of women and minorities in these subjects. The Festival addresses both of these focus areas.

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