Wilted STEM June 10, 2015Posted by mareserinitatis in education, science, societal commentary.
Tags: education, NASA, outreach, Solar System Ambassador, space, SSA
Earlier this year, I was accepted as a NASA Solar System Ambassador. In this capacity, I help to promote NASA and the space exploration activities conducted by the agency.
As part of the program, people can contact you and ask you to present on a space-related topic. I was asked earlier this spring to be a guest speaker at a STEM program for 4th-7th grade girls talking about space exploration. The activities ranged from engineering to xenobiology, and it’s exactly the kind of thing that I would’ve loved to have gone to as a kid. Also, it’s exactly the kind of thing I was hoping to do as an SSA.
Unfortunately, it was cancelled. I’m not sure what the required enrollment was, but there were not enough girls enrolled. I find it very disappointing that there aren’t enough girls interested in space in a metropolitan area of over 200,000 to fill a program like that. Obviously, I have my work cut out for me.
(Disclaimer: Opinions stated here are my own and not those of NASA or the SSA program. Though I hope they are.)