#STEAMRising Today – 4.12.2021

Our daughters are our future. Our future is our daughters.

Here is what’s happening today for girls and women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Science).

News

This week, the United Arab Emeriates announced the first female Arab astronaut.  Nora Al Matrooshi is part of the second group of astronauts in the UAE Astronaut Programme.

Women in STEM/STEAM

Read about Carlotta Berry, a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

Alena Wicker is 12 years old, soon to graduate high school, attend Arizona State University and double major in astronomical and planetary science and chemistry with dreams of becoming a NASA engineer.

Why is NASA sending a woman to the moon?

In the Schools

Students with autism who attend college are more likely than their peers to earn STEM degrees and enter into corresponding careers.

Australia has a great program – “STEM Professionals in Schools” – where STEM industry professionals are invited to volunteer in schools to share their experiences and perspectives with students.  Listen to this this episode of Teacher Magazine’s “School Improvement” podcast for conversations with Robbie Bell, a volunteer, and Lynne Hanlon, an educator who is facilitating Robbie’s participation in the program.

STEAM

Science Fiction writing is a great example of the power of adding the “A” for “Arts” to STEM to create STEAM.  STEM and STEAM  education and careers are far more encompassing than what we generally think of when we think about STEM.  Read about Octavia Butler, a Science Fiction writer who is the namesake of the Mars Perseverance Rover landing site.

Happenings

The 47th Sun ‘n’ Fun Aerospace Expo will take place in Lakeland, Florida April 13-18.  This non-profit seeks to raise $1M to close a funding gap in the construction of Project SkyLab, an expansion of the Florida Air Museum for the Aerospace Center for Excellence.

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