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The Legacy of Sally Ride, the First American Woman in Space

Ride made history as the first American woman in space but she was most proud of her Sally Ride Science Academy.

In 1983 every American woman who'd ever been told that she wasn't good at science, technology, engineering, or math cheered as Sally Ride broke the astronautical glass ceiling with her journey aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger. Ride, who died on Monday at the age of 61 after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer, will forever be known as the first American woman in space. That's more notable than what most of us will ever accomplish in our lives, but Ride's legacy extends beyond what she achieved as an astronaut.

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Who Runs the World? Three Girls Sweep Google's Science Fair

Three young American women, Lauren Hodge, Naomi Shah and Shree Bose won Google's global science competition.


It turns out that when Beyoncé sings that girls run the world, she might be right. They're at least running the Google Science Fair world. On Tuesday three young American women, Lauren Hodge, Naomi Shah, and Shree Bose, smashed the stereotype that only boys are good at science and became the winners of Google's inaugural science competition.

The Google "judges said the unifying elements of all three young women were their intellectual curiosity, their tenaciousness and their ambition to use science to find solutions to big problems." They beat out "over 7,500 entries from more than 10,000 young scientists in over 90 countries around the world," and their projects are undeniably impressive.

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Al Gore to Tackle STEM Education in Online Townhall

The Former Vice President will drum up excitement for science, technology, engineering, and math.


Can former Vice President Al Gore do for STEM education what he did for environmental awareness? No, he's not filming a science, technology, engineering, and math documentary with director Davis Guggenheim. Instead, Gore's hoping to spark student interest in STEM fields by hosting "Math, Science and the Future of Our Nation," a global online town hall on Wednesday, November 17th.

According to the National Science Foundation, 80 percent of the jobs created over the next decade will require math and science skills. So, Gore, and his partners at Time Warner Cable's philanthropic arm, Connect a Million Minds, hope to interest and excite young people from around the world through conversations with the leading minds in STEM fields-experts like astronaut Sally Ride and inventor Dean Kamen. Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage from the Discovery Channel's MythBuster's team are also participating and will surely bring a dose of pop culture cool to the dialogue.

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