College Remembers Sally
The Picker Engineering Program
at Smith College remembers Sally Ride, first American woman
in space, inspiring role model, and advocate for girls and
women in science and engineering.
From 2002 to 2004, Smith collaborated
with the Sally Ride Science Club on TOYChallenge, a national
toy design competition for middle school students, sponsored
by Hasbro, Inc. and Sigma Xi.
Based on the TOYTech concept
employed in Smith's first-year engineering course, the challenge
used fun, play, and imagination to encourage girls' and boys’ interest in science and engineering, and
to inspire them to pursue careers in these fields.
grateful for the support and infusion of excitement Sally
Ride lent to the Picker Engineering Program in its early
years, as well as to Smith's Summer Science and Engineering
Program, which continues its work with middle and high school
Her life will continue to be
an inspiration for students in all areas of science and engineering.
—Donna Riley, associate
professor of engineering, Smith College