Astronaut Abby Appearance on the Smithsonian STEM in 30 Show: The Women Paving the Way to Mars

STEM In 30 Women Paving Way To Mars - Astronaut Abby
On April 12, 2017 I traveled in the wee hours of the morning (3am start time to be exact) from my college in Boston to Washington D.C. for a fun adventure. I visited my friends at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum , to be part of a live filming of their TV series called STEM In 30. The TV show is sponsored by NASA and is broadcast live (2 times in one day) from the Air and Space Museum on both NASA TV and Ustream. Fortunately they also save a copy of the episode on YouTube (you can watch the show below). I spent the morning rehearsing with the co-hosts Beth Wilson and Marty Kelsey and the afternoon filming the show with a live audience of students. What an experience!

It was a great honor to be included as their special guest for this special episode titled “The Women Paving the Way to Mars.” (click here for teacher resources and to watch the show). I got to answer students questions throughout the show. It was great fun! The episode includes guest appearances by NASA astronaut Christina Koch and Anne McClain two of the newest NASA astronauts from the astronaut class of 2013. It was a lot of fun to be on set and participating in this live broadcast. Check out the episode below and please share with teachers, parents and students that you know! Onward to Mars!


From the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum STEM in 30 “The Women Paving the Way to Mars” episode page, some more information about the show I am featured in:

“One small step for man.” “Boldly go where no man has gone before.” These iconic gender-specific phrases don’t tell the entire story. Women have been and continue to be an important part of the aerospace industry, from the first woman in space, Valentina Tereshkova, to human computer Katherine Johnson who helped send humans to the Moon, to Christina Koch, one of NASA’s newest astronauts. In this episode of STEM in 30, we will explore the women who are helping pave the way to Mars. We will be joined by “Astronaut Abby,” a 20-year-old college student who has set her sights on becoming an astronaut and the first person to step on the planet Mars. She’s also the founder of the Mars Generation, a nonprofit dedicated to exciting young people about STEM education and space.

This program is made possible through the generous support of NASA. 


From the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum STEM in 30 About Page some information about the show:

Our fast-paced webcast series engages middle school students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) topics in just 30 minutes. We bring in Museum curators, astronauts, and experts in the field to connect classrooms with real-world, relevant content. Shows combine animations, interviews with experts, and unique locations to show students that science extends beyond the walls of their school.

The shows are interactive. Students respond to polls and submit questions that are answered online or during the live broadcast. Educators are provided with additional content and follow-up activities to extend the experience beyond the live webcast. Each show meets Next Generation Science Standards.

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