NASA x Mary J Blige Encourage Young Women To Pursue Astronomical Careers

Shooting for the stars, NASA has enlisted the help of award-winning recording artist Mary J. Blige, who started the charity Foundation For the Advancement of Women Now (FFAWN), to encourage young women to pursue careers across a spectrum of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

FFAWN will work together with NASA’s Summer Of Innovation project; part of the President’s Educate to Innovate Campaign which started this year to keep middle school students engaged in stimulating STEM-related activities during their school breaks.

“The partnership plans to train FFAWN high school participants to teach science to younger middle school students this summer at the New York City Housing Authority Van Dyke Community Center and the Harlem Children’s Zone Promise Academy. The NASA Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Aerospace Academy project at York College of the City University of New York is also working on the project,” reports Space.com.

Veteran NASA space shuttle astronaut and co-manager of the space agency’s Educator Astronaut Program, Leland Melvin says, “Mary’s presence can help NASA make the STEM message more appealing to these communities and increase the pipeline of underrepresented students going into these disciplines.”

In the public service announcement below, Blige and Melvin encourage young women to pursue exciting experiences and career choices by studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

FURTHER READING…

• NASA’s Summer of Innovation project: nasa.gov/soi
• Foundation For the Advancement of Women Now (FFAWN): ffawn.org

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