Fri, Mar 22, 2013
Fifteen-Year-Old Minneapolis H.S. Sophomore Credits Public School STEM Education For Inspiration
High school sophomore and self-proclaimed "Astronaut-in-Training" Abigail Harrison will be the only American teenager in attendance at the legendary Russian Soyuz launch, Soyuz-TMA-09M, in Kazakhstan on May 28, 2013. As a special VIP guest of her mentor, Italian Astronaut Luca Parmitano, this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Harrison is a pinnacle moment of her STEM education through her urban public school, which has led her to her ultimate dream of being the first person to land on Mars.
Harrison's goal for this upcoming adventure is to share her experience with young, budding scientists throughout the country and bring the STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) model to the forefront of the education conversation. For Harrison, STEM education has been life-changing. Inspired by her teachers and their love of science, Harrison has created opportunities for herself to witness several Space Shuttle launches in person, built relationships with NASA, the European Space Agency, the Canadian Space Agency and the Russian Federal Space Agency, and has had the privilege and honor to meet and have received guidance from several astronauts, scientists and engineers from around the world.
"Attending the Russian Soyuz launch is truly a dream come true and it gets me that much closer to my life's goal of landing on Mars in 2030," said Harrison. "I am so grateful for this amazing opportunity and am determined to share my experience to inspire and educate kids everywhere, showing them how much fun science can be."
(Image provided by NASA)
Also: Nanchang CJ-6A, USAF T-X Program, UK AAIB Withholds Info, Aussie Aero-Politics, GPS Errors Found, ATC Reform House Bill HR 476 will eliminate G.I. training benefits for those>[...]
Addison Pemberton's Boeing Model 40 The first Model 40 was built for a 1925 U.S. Post Office competition as a replacement for the converted military de Havillands that had carried >[...]
An official sky cover classification for aviation weather observations, descriptive of a sky cover of 1/8 to 2/8.>[...]
“NBAA will continue to monitor the situation and pursue all available options to ensure access to and the future viability of Santa Monica airport, which is not only an impor>[...]
Choose How YOU Want To View Your Aero News: 'Headlines Only' Mode We're all pretty excited about the new website design here at ANN, but we HAVE heard from some of you that you lik>[...]