I had the fun of going to NASA Armstrong the other day and they had a cool historical exhibit on flight and associated artifacts to include these fun pink space boots :)
While they were meant as a prank before a test pilot outing, it seems they were pretty comfy and the joke was on the pranksters http://www.nasa.gov/centers/armstrong/features/remembering_armstrong.html
This weekend I had a blast volunteering at the STEAM carnival. I gave myself the role of taking pictures of attendees with Steve Smith, astronaut.
It was fun to hear all the advice he gave kids (young and old alike) that dreams come true when you work hard enough. He was a child when he drew this picture, and he showed it to everyone who stopped by- pretty cool right?
He also had the younger kids practice a firm handshake and looking people in the eyes when you first meet, great advice for everyone to remember.
At the end of the day he gave me a big hug. I'd like to think that some of the right stuff and star stuff has rubbed off on me :) I also think that myself and the many people he interacted with rubbed off on him. After all, we are all made of star stuff!
I come with a treat for this All Hallows' eve, I wanted to share with you one of my favorite blogs. While STEM is a passion, I also love diversity and fashion and art and so many other things... I like this blog in particular because it is also in Spanish. It is cheerful fun and shows the joy in playing around with style and fashion.
I hope you will check it out. And For the science of scary check out these old posts!
Yesterday I was So excited to have been a guest speaker at Hartnell College http://www.hartnell.edu for two of their STEM programs, MESA and HerScript. It was so fun to share my life lessons in STEM, talk about problems to be solved and learn about the amazing things these students are doing. I was truly in awe!
One example of the student efforts is HerScript, a computer science organization they founded.
I also learned about a LinkedIn equivalent for women in tech, which was neat. Check out https://tenxlist.com
And while my reward comes from giving back and the inspiration I get from students, I was gifted all this cool swag as a thank you, I just love STEM swag :)
I also encourage you to check out a MESA program near you, I know I would not be a STEM professional today if it were not for programs like these!
It was interesting to hear the diverse student stories and know that whether you love art or math, the path may wander but it will take you to the place you are meant to be. I am grateful to share my journey with you and hope to be part of yours!
Today the White House is sponsoring a super cool collection of activities related to going back to the future! Check it out!
The White House is marking "Back to the Future Day" with a series of conversations with innovators across the country. Follow along here. https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/10/20/back-future-day-test
You can also be stylishly STEM with this shirt :)
Going back to the future reminds me of a quote I saw once that "some say movies should be more like real life, I say real life should be more like the movies". As we progress from science fiction to science fact, what movie like elements would you want incorporated in your life? It is an exciting future and I am glad to be part of it! Which reminds me that "The best way to predict the future is to create it" more quotes for consideration can be found here http://barnraisersllc.com/2013/12/12-reasons-predict-future-create/
Time to create my future now!
(Takes me back to my time at the White House earlier this year, you never know where STEM will take you! But more on that later)