Female Astronaut Shares Space Passion with middle school students at Girl’s STEM Day


Female Astronaut Shares Space Passion with middle school students at Girl’s STEM Day

PUEBLO – More than 125 middle school girls will hear from NASA educator astronaut Dorothy “Dottie” Metcalf-Lindenburger and learn about professions available in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields as part of Girl’s STEM Day this Friday at Colorado State University-Pueblo.

Colorado native Metcalf-Lindenburger will be the keynote speaker at the event co-sponsored by the Space Foundation from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 28 that will include a variety of sessions by CSU-Pueblo students and faculty on topics ranging from robotics and straw rockets to sustainability as well as chemistry and space careers. Additional sponsors include El Pomar Foundation, Marriott Hotels, and the Women’s Foundation of Colorado.

Metcalf-Lindenburger will share her passion for space and her experiences as part of a 15-day mission to the International Space Station during which she dropped off more than 27,000 pounds of hardware, supplies, and technology. On that flight, she traveled more than 6 million miles and orbited the earth 238 times. She will sign autographs for the girls after her talk.  Metcalf-Lindenburger was awarded the prestigious place in the astronaut program as a stand-out candidate due to her undeniable passion for spaceflight and her excellent teaching experience. The daughter of two science teachers, Metcalf-Lindenburger became an earth science and astronomy teacher after earning a bachelor’s degree in geology from Whitman College and a teaching certificate from Central Washington University

Inspiration from one of her students’ questions sparked her original pursuit of astronautics. The question, “How do astronauts go to the bathroom in space?” led Metcalf-Lindenburger to a NASA website that ultimately inspired her to take action towards her future as an astronaut.

For more information about the Space Foundation and their education programs visit their website at www.spacefoundation.org or call 1-791-576-8000. 

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