I am so honored to be featured in New Moon Girls, a magazine I loved as a young girl! Check out New Moon Girls here and consider ordering a subscription for your daughter ages 8-12 for the holidays. The magazine is about helping girls discover and honor their true selves, engage in meaningful pursuits and dialogue, and express their voices in ways that matter. Read the article below!
Today, I did a webchat with Mr. Dahl’s class 5th graders in Whittier Elementary in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and Mrs. King’s 3rd grade class at Carrollton Elementary in Carrollton, Virginia. Student webchats are so much fun! When I was in 5th grade, I was really inspired by my science teacher, so it was great to connect with current 5th graders!
The kids had awesome questions. We covered topics from space food, to gymnastics and pets. Some of my favorite questions were “Why do people explore space?” and “Have you ever tried on a space suit?” Watch the webchat to hear my answers! I loved our conversation! Thanks for a great webchat. Whittier and Carrollton Elementary students, you inspire me!
I love this video and wanted to share it with you. Watch it and you will be inspired – igniting passion in kids like Jazzie is what my outreach is about. In this video Jazzie is 10 years old, and two years later she continues to pursue her astronaut dreams.
Jazzie’s story of how she got interested in space is what inspires me most. She had no interest in space until she was in 3rd grade when she heard astronaut Kent Rominger speak at her school district’s space week program. Jazzie wrote Kent after she heard him speak and started asking questions about what goals to set to reach her dream – and he answered! Astronaut Kent, who now works for ATK, ended with one piece of advice: “Become an astronaut.” This inspired her and many other people to follow their dreams!
Astronaut Kent’s Space Launch System Work
At ATK, Astronaut Kent and a team of employees are working on NASA programs which include the Space Launch System being built today to launch astronauts like Jazzie and me to Mars!
Here is the latest from NASA regarding sequestration cuts:
“Guidance for Education and Public Outreach Activities Under Sequestration
NASA has taken the first steps in addressing the mandatory spending cuts called for in the Budget Control Act of 2011. The law mandates a series of indiscriminate and significant across-the-board spending reductions totaling $1.2 trillion over 10 years.
As a result, NASA has been forced to implement a number of new cost-saving measures, policies, and reviews in order to minimize impacts to the mission-critical activities of the Agency. Guidance regarding conferences, travel, and training that reflect the new fiscal reality in which the agency must operate has been provided.
For specific guidance as it relates to public outreach and engagement activities please reference the following webpage.”
Since I was just five years-old, I’ve wanted to be an astronaut. When you’re that young and you have that big of a dream, most people just ignore you. But I stuck with it. I made plans, I worked hard, and I focused on my goal. As I got older and continued to stay focused on science technology engineering and math (STEM), people in my life (my family, friends, teachers), began to notice and encouraged me to dream big. I had huge aspirations, and was fortunate to have people around me telling me that I could achieve them.
I’ve been diligent in pursuing my dreams, and that’s because, along the way, I had people telling me that I could succeed. Now that I’m on my journey to being an astronaut, I want to use my story to inspire other young people to follow their dreams as well. Kids need to be encouraged to reach for the stars. When you’re young, the opportunities for ambition are endless. I want to get kids excited about working hard, persevering, and believing that they can eventually achieve what they’ve always to achieve – and I want you to join me.
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If you are interested in hosting a web chat at your school you can click here to enter for a chance to have me appear in your classroom.