Talk about a sleepover that was out of this world! Recently, more than two dozen WJCC Schools students took part in a “STEM Girls’ Night In” at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. The overnight, hands-on learning experience offered the young women a chance to talk with scientists and engineers and to learn about the work they are doing at NASA. The goal was to encourage young women to become more familiar with potential STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers.
The students, representing all three WJCC high schools, heard from Astronaut Jeanette Epps who encouraged them to work through stumbling blocks and stay focused on their goal. Under the mentorship of a female staff member from NASA and a college student studying in a STEM field, the young ladies also participated in a three-hour Mars rover competition where they had to build and deploy the rover. The evening concluded with a late-night showing of the movie “Hidden Figures.”