Last week, the girls from Rocket Team at Science Club for Girls had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet a major female role model in STEM, Dr. Mae Jemison. Dr. Jemison was the first African American woman in space. She was selected for NASA’s astronaut program in 1987 and traveled to space in 1992. Dr. Jemison is also a dancer, seeking out ways to integrate the arts and STEM.
Dr. Jemison was hosted by Lesley University as part of the University’s Creativity Forum, a week long event that aimed to explore the role of creativity in all fields of study (from the arts to education to science and technology). Dr. Jemison’s talk focused on her new project, the 100 Year Starship, that aims to make human interstellar travel possible within the next 100 years.
The girls who had the opportunity to meet Dr. Jemison are part of Science Club for Girls’ Rocket Team, a challenge team that allows girls to design and build their own rockets to be entered in the Team America Rocketry Challenge.