Molly Simpson, a SpaceTrek participant, spoke about SpaceTrek at the AAUW State Convention held at the MSU Space Science Center on April 5, 2014.
I became a "woman" on October 31st of 2013. Mrs. Jennifer Carter, my favorite teacher and the creator of SpaceTrek, told me that I was not officially a woman until I learned how to solder. And then I learned that you weren't a "lady" until you had yourself some pink safety goggles. So already, thanks to the world of engineering, I am both a woman and a lady, and if that's not a deal, I don't know what is.
Mrs. Carter took me and 3 others to the Kentucky Science Teacher Association meeting held in Lexington at Rupp Arena from October 31st to November 1st of 2013. We were there to promote SpaceTrek to teachers who would then, hopefully, promote it to their female students. Now, understand that prior to this conference, I had never heard of SpaceTrek, I had no interest in space science, and engineering was a door that I had never bothered to unlock, but at the end of trip I was ready to fill in my application for SpaceTrek and sign up for pulsar research classes just because they sounded fun. One of the qualities I hope to gain from SpaceTrek is an open-minded and positive attitude towards challenge. While I still don't plan on going into this field, I do plan on taking these courses because they push boundaries in an exciting way. More importantly, they sound like a challenge.
I now realize that I haven't fully explained what SpaceTrek actually is. Very simply, it is a space science camp that promotes female empowerment...
"SpaceTrek gave me a huge confidence boost and exposed me to what is now going to be my career path. It also gave me good experience dealing with stress, working closely with my peers, and dorm life. I'm glad I went this summer!"
"Even though I don't plan on majoring in science, I loved my time at spacetrek. It's a unique and empowering experience. I made new friends and learned a bit more about myself along the way."
"I had a blast at SpaceTrek, and it helped push me into choosing an area of space science at Morehead. I made lots of great friends, and the instructors are amazing!!"