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Women at NASA -- Dream Big!

Women at NASA embody the theme of 2014 Women’s History Month, Celebrating Women of Character, Courage and Commitment, through their struggles, accomplishments and dedication to their jobs. They serve as role models to young women in their pursuit of careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Read about the accomplishments of some of NASA’s women engineers, scientists, educators, interns and others.

Sally RideWho Was Sally Ride?
The first American woman to go into space flew on the space shuttle in 1983.
› For grades K-4   |   › For grades 5-8

Dottie Metcalf-LindenburgerNASA Astronaut Speaks to Hometown Students
NASA astronaut Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger sparked students' interest in space during a Digital Learning Network videoconference event with the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery in Colorado.

Katherine JohnsonKatherine Johnson: A Lifetime of STEM
This former NASA employee is a living testimony to everything good that STEM can bring.

Nancy Roman with a model of the Orbiting Solar Observatory in 1962Nancy Roman -- Chief of NASA’s Astronomy and Relativity Programs (Retired)
Roman was involved in planning a program of satellites and rockets along with members of the nation’s astronomical community.

About 40 women stand in a groupCuriosity Rover Team Celebrates Women in STEM
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory celebrates Women's Curiosity Day to honor the female engineers and scientists doing most of mission's 90-plus roles.

NASA Chemical Engineer Annie Caraccio reviews data from experimentsNASA Engineer Pioneering Research for Future Explorers
After participating in NASA's Co-Op Program for three semesters, chemical engineer Annie Caraccio is involved in revolutionary research at Kennedy Space Center.

Anne Thompson poses on a rooftop with various remote sensing equipmentAnne Thompson -- Adventures in the Atmosphere
Research scientist Anne Thompson describes her career as an adventure in various ozone layers.

Margot Lee Shetterly standing at a podiumFrom Computers to Leaders: Women at NASA Langley
Author Margot Lee Shetterly visited NASA Langley recently to talk about the historic role of women at the center.

Carol HamiltonThe Full SPECTRUM
For the past 23 years, Project Safety Manager Carol Hamilton has been helping young kids through a free youth development program.

Lucy McFaddenA Dream Come True
Lucy McFadden goes on an Antarctic adventure.


Farisa Morales stands next to a Spitzer Space Telescope posterInternship Leads to Planet-Hunting Career
Astronomer Farisa Morales credits an undergraduate internship at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory with sparking her interest in studying the universe.

Imelda Terrazas-SalinasNASA Engineer Chases Her Dream, Achieves Career Success
Imelda Terrazas-Salinas is a test engineer at NASA’s Ames Research Center.

Terry KuceraSerendipity and the Sun
NASA solar physicist Terry Kucera’s openness to unexpected opportunities has led her to a career studying the sun.

Sandy ElamSandy Elam -- Aerospace Engineer
Sandy Elam researches rocket engines that could be used on new NASA missions.

Pat Quander-HaasSnapshot of Success
Quander-Haas has jumped from an airplane, ridden on a motorcycle and floated on a glider. Now she wants a pilot’s license.

Carolina RagoltaInspired to Inspire
Harvard graduate Carolina Ragolta credits her NASA internship experience with giving her the drive to inspire others to pursue their dreams.

Samantha McCue in a spacesuitNASA Student Ambassadors -- Creating Tomorrow's Leaders
NASA Student Ambassadors Samantha McCue and Dan Miladinovich prove NASA’s future is in capable hands.

Delores PetropulosBlazing a New Trail
An undergraduate internship at NASA's Johnson Space Center helped Dolores Petropulos map out her future career path.

Two students work on a science projectCapitol Hill Cluster School, Washington, D.C.
A team of eighth-grade girls designed the winning experiment to represent their school in the Student Spaceflight Experiment Project.

Leesa Hubbard stands at the front of a classroomContinuing to Inspire
An Einstein Fellowship at NASA Headquarters in 2002 has led educator Leesa Hubbard to an extended adventure in space education.

Melinda Higgins poses in front of a statue of Albert EinsteinSTEM Up to the Challenge
After years of encouraging her students to take academic risks, Einstein Fellow Melinda Higgins decided it was time to take a chance and step up for STEM.

Jennifer KennedyExpanding Horizons as an Einstein Fellow
Educator Jennifer Kennedy is making new connections and gaining new perspectives with NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate.

April LanotteHelping Rural Students Take Flight
Einstein Fellow April Lanotte is using her small-town background to help NASA broaden its education reach.

Neme Alperstein, NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden and Pam LeestmaThe T in STEM
Learn how 2010 NASA Excellence in Teaching Award winners Pam Leestma and Neme Alperstein continue to use technology in their classrooms in unique and innovative ways.

A woman sits between two studentsConnecting Science and Culture
Elementary teacher Jennifer Evans uses NASA materials to teach students about science and how it connects to their lives.

Shella CondinoLife Is Like a Rocket Launch
Soaring into the sky isn't easy, but with a teacher like Shella Condino, you're bound to succeed.

Kaci HeinsMeet Some of the NASA Explorer Schools Educators
NES recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary as one of NASA's premier education projects.

NASA Educational Professional Development

Ota LutzNASA Educator Ota Lutz
Learn fun ways to bring STEM into your classroom with these activities by Ota Lutz.
› Build and Launch a Foam Rocket
› Make a Crater
› Rockets by Size

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Page Last Updated: July 24th, 2014
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