Dr. Mae C. Jemison: December 6, 2018

LAUNCHING SOON:  THE SECOND ALKA-ROCKET CHALLENGE 

STUDENTS COMPETE FOR A CHANCE TO BREAK THE GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS TITLE AND HIGHLIGHT THE IMPORTANCE OF STEM EDUCATION 

***The Bayer Alka-Rocket Challenge will be held December 12th at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex***

 

Dr. Mae C. Jemison

Chief Ambassador, Bayer Making Science Make Sense® STEM education Initiative

Back for its second year, the Alka-Rocket Challenge will task university students with breaking the 430 feet GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the highest launch of an Alka-Rocket. An Alka-Rocket is a model rocket often built using a 35mm film canister. It’s propelled by the chemical reaction that occurs when effervescent tablets are mixed with water. Finalists will gather this December, at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex to compete for the record as well as a grand prize of $30,000.

Bayer created the Challenge to highlight the country’s need for more scientists, engineers and innovators. There is a gap, and we have a responsibility to invest in the next generation of STEM leaders in America. STEM is the foundation of our modern world. It fuels innovation and economic competitiveness and helps strengthen our national security. This year, the challenge will be open to teams of students that are attending any four-year accredited university in the United States.

On Thursday, December 6th, Dr. Mae C. Jemison, Chief Ambassador of the Bayer Making Science Make Sense® STEM education initiative, will be available to discuss the importance of Making Science Make Sense as well as the Alka-Rocket Challenge. She also will highlight the students participating in the competition.

 

For more information, please visit: makingsciencemakesense.com

 

MORE ABOUT DR. MAE C. JEMISON:

Dr. Mae C. Jemison, astronaut, physician, chemical engineer, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and science literacy advocate, is the ambassador for the Presidential award-winning Bayer Making Science Make Sense ® program – a company-wide initiative that advances science literacy across the United States through hands-on science learning, employee volunteerism and public education.  Dr. Jemison has been on a mission – literally – to increase awareness about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) before the acronym even existed and has worked with Bayer since the formal beginning of Making Science Make Sense in 1995. She also is part of Bayer’s efforts to provide one million hands-on science experiences to students by 2020. Since launching into space on September 12, 1992 as a crew member on the Space Shuttle Endeavor, a mission that earned her the distinction of being the first woman of color in the world to travel into space, Dr. Jemison has been a driving force in shaping the way science is taught in the United States. The Stanford alumnus strongly believes that science education must tap into the innate curiosity of students and that hands-on exploration is key to science learning.

Dr. Jemison also stands firm on the premise that students, particularly girls and minorities, the two most underrepresented groups in STEM participation, must be encouraged to forego any doubts about pursuing a STEM education and ultimately, a STEM career.  Instead, these students must be encouraged to dare and take on the challenge of STEM, a challenge that she, herself, took on as a student growing up in inner-city Chicago.  Doing so resulted in Dr. Jemison not only traveling into space, but also achieving a number of other accomplishments ranging from becoming a trained dancer, to practicing medicine in Los Angeles, to serving as the Area Peace Corps Medical Officer for Sierra Leone and Liberia, to presently, leading 100 Year Starship®, a global initiative to ensure the capabilities for human travel to another star within the next 100 years.

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