Dr. Mae Jemison, Elijah McCoy, and Mary Jackson!
Dr. Mae Jemison, Elijah McCoy, and Mary Jackson!

Celebrate Black History Month and

National Engineering Week! 

Go back in time with us as we take a look at the historic men and women who pioneered the way in Science, Engineering, Technology, and Math for future generations

Not only is February Black History Month but February 21-27th is also National Engineers Week! Celebrate Black History Month and National Engineers Week with these three inspiring figures in STEM! 

Dr. Mae Jemison 

"As a doctor, engineer, and NASA astronaut, Mae Jemison has always reached for the stars. In 1992, Jemison became the first African American woman to travel in space. She has also written several books and appeared on many television programs including an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. In addition to her many awards, Jemison has been inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame and the International Space Hall of Fame." Read more about Dr. Mae Jemison here

Elijah McCoy 

"Elijah McCoy was born in Canada, to parents who had fled slavery. McCoy trained as an engineer in Scotland as a teenager. Unable to find an engineering position in the United States, he took a job working for a railroad and subsequently invented a lubrication device to make railroad operations more efficient." Fun fact! As his invention grew in popularity, inferior copycats emerged. Railway engineers would request "the real McCoy." The popular expression, meaning "the real thing," is still used today! Learn more about Elijah McCoy here!

Mary Jackson

"Mary Jackson began her engineering career in an era in which female engineers of any background were a rarity; in the 1950s, she very well may have been the only black female aeronautical engineer in the field...In 1979, seeing that the glass ceiling was the rule rather than the exception for the center’s female professionals, she made a final, dramatic career change, leaving engineering and taking a demotion to fill the open position of Langley’s Federal Women’s Program Manager. There, she worked hard to impact the hiring and promotion of the next generation of all of NASA’s female mathematicians, engineers and scientists." Learn more about Mary Jackson here!

Part of History in the Making  

We believe this amazing STEM role model is a part of history in the making she works to help change the STEM ecosystem to one of diversity and color! Perhaps someone she inspires will be a future history-maker!
Celebrate history in the making with our X-STEM video below! 

Dr. Aprille Ericsson

Aprille Ericsson, talks about her passion for engineering and space, from a young girl growing up in Bookland, NY, to a trailblazing African American woman leading in her field as an aerospace engineer at NASA’s prestigious Goddard Space Flight Center. In her role, she serves as engineering representative on the Astrophysics, Heliophysics, Planetary and Earth Science and Cross-Cutting Technology Lines of BusinessAprille inspires all young people to follow their passion, and shares how young people can start working with NASA right now! Read more about Dr. Aprille Ericsson here!
X-STEM All Access is Back!

We are excited to announce the return of X-STEM All Access on April 20th through the 23rd starting at 10 am PT / 1 pm ET!  Last May we launched the X-STEM virtual conference series and were joined by over 60,000 attendees from all over the world. We hope you and your students will join us this year for another engaging speaker series designed to inspire students, teachers, and parents alike.
Justin Shaifer (a.k.a. Mr. Fascinate) will return as moderator of this four-day speaker series featuring an exclusive group of visionaries aimed to empower students about careers in STEM.
Stay tuned next week for exciting X-STEM news including speaker announcements, attendee registration launch, and more! Check out our social channels below for up-to-the-minute details. We can't wait to see you there!


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