Astronaut Abby Named Huffington Post and Ford’s 20 Under 20 STEAM Pioneers

20-under-20-steam-pioneers-ford-huffington-postI am thrilled to be chosen as one of Ford and Huffington Post’s 20 Under 20 Next Generation of STEAM Pioneers for 2016. It is such an honor to be recognized for my outreach work with The Mars Generation and my involvement in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM).

The Huffington Post teamed up with Ford Motor Company and assembled this list of “the most impressive under-20-year-olds to show you the next generation of the best and brightest innovators.”

I am humbled to be included in this list of students under the age of 20 who through their “hard work and dedication” have pushed “to succeed in making a name for themselves ― all before reaching the age of 20.”

My work to advance the excitement and understanding of the importance of STEAM education and human space exploration to the future of humanity, with my nonprofit The Mars Generation has been such an important part of my own life journey.

It is an honor to lead my generation, the Mars generation, to this new frontier, Mars. I hope to someday be the first person to step foot on the red planet or to inspire the person who does take those first steps.

I appreciate the recognition from Ford and Huffington Post and want to thank every person who has been a supporter of my work which includes the advisory board, volunteers, donors, members, students who are part of The Mars Generation and the over 600,000 people following my journey to Mars online. It is their support and hard work and dedication that has made this organization such a huge success that continues to change the world.

Please check out the announcement on the Huffington Post website under their What’s Working Inspiration Generation series presented by Ford Motor company and learn about the amazing group of individuals that have been making a name for themselves in STEAM while chasing their dreams before reaching the age of 20.



  1. Tracy Karin Prell says

    Many Congratulations Abby! I’m so very proud of you and know you’ll always be reaching for your dreams and goals while inspiring many others along the way! This is just the “Beginning” for you Astronaunt Abby! Best!

  2. Louie says

    Congratulations Abby!! Had lunch with your mom Saturday and I heard all about your aspiration to be an astronaut and the many adventures and honors you’ve been a part of. Great job and an inspiration to many. Keep up the wonderful job you’re doing. I hope to meet you next time you’re home for an extended time.

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