2012 Sally Ride Science Festival

About 500 girls gathered on the LSU Baton Rouge campus Sept. 22 for the 2012 Sally Ride Festival. The festival is held annually to honor the first American woman astronaut in outer space, Sally Ride, and to encourage girls to pursue careers in science.

NASA astronaut Wendy 

Lawrence speaks during the 

2012 Sally Ride Festival, held 

on the LSU Campus in Baton 

Rouge Sept. 22,about her 

career as an astronaut. 

(Photo by Denise Attaway)

Dr. Elisabeta Mitran of the LSU 

Superfund Research Center 

speaks about air pollution and 

Particulate Matter during the 

2012 Sally Ride Festival held 

Sept. 22. 

(Photo by Denise Attaway)

Dr. Maud Walsh speaks about 

air pollution and Particulate 

Matter during the 2012 Sally 

Ride Festival in Baton Rouge. 

(Photo by Denise Attaway)

Dr. Cheri McFerrin speaks 

about air pollution and 

Particulate Matter during the 

2012 Sally Ride Festival in Baton Rouge. 

(Photo by Denise Attaway)

Participants in a workshop 

given by the LSU Superfund 

Research Center during the 

2012 Sally Ride Festival learn 

how the lungs work by using a 

soda bottle, which represents 

the chest cavity, and a balloon, 

which represents the lungs. 

A larger balloon attached to the 

bottom of the soda bottle 

represents the diaphragm . 

(Photo by Denise Attaway

In this exercise, one student 

operates the lungs while the 

other student produces 

particulate air pollution by 

squeezing the cup, which 

represents an incinerator. 

At the end of the exercise, 

the students removed the 

smaller balloon from the soda 

bottle and, then, cut it open to 

see what was inside from 

"breathing" smoke from the 

incinerator. 

(Photo by Denise Attaway)