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Aspire 2 Inspire is essentially an online mentoring program for students of any age, granted that the student uses the internet and/or Twitter.  It is ongoing so students can participate during any semester or summer.  As well, the program can be both structured and unstructured.  This allows teachers to use the program for extra credit or individuals to take command of their own edification. Enjoy learning about real world applications of science, technology, engineering, and math through young women’s jobs at NASA!

Structured Program

Overall Highlights

  • Any student at any age of either gender is eligible to participate, as long as she can use the internet and/or Twitter
  • No registration required-just start and send in the materials outlined below
  • Student can participate through school, extracurricular organizations, or individually
  • Follow the program on Twitter @a2iSTEM where young women Tweet about their jobs
  • Communicate via the Engage link on main site where you can get answers to questions or responses to comments
  • Real young professional women at NASA respond to comments, questions, and Tweets
  • Mentors provide fun facts about their jobs in the STEM fields
  • Mentors provide other educational opportunities available through NASA 

 

Program Dates

  • Program duration is one semester (Spring, Summer, or Fall)
  • The dates given here are guidelines only and are not “set deadlines”.  There is a lot of flexibility in this program, which is more reason to participate!
  • Start immediately, regardless of date!
  • Spring: January 1-June 1
  • Summer: June 1-September 1
  • Fall/Winter: September 1-December 1

 

Program Directions

  • Program can be used in traditional schools or homeschools as part of lesson plans or as extra credit, extracurricular organizations, or as individuals
  • Student must either interact via Twitter OR engage via the website’s Engage page
  • Following on Twitter will enhance the student’s exposure to real STEM jobs from real women
  • Student must interact via either method a total of 5 times over the semester with meaningful questions/comments
  • Student must watch all 5 videos on A2I website (A2I Film, Science Film, Technology Film, Engineering Film, and Math Film)
  • Viewings of the videos should be spaced apart to span the entire semester/summer, using the activities below between each video 

 

Student should watch one video and complete the following for each one:

  • Write a brief summary of the video (250 words or less)
  • Interview someone who has a job in the field for which she just watched the video (a scientist, a technology user, an engineer, or a math-based professional)
  • The interview can be with a family friend, a work associate of a parent, neighbor, teacher, etc
  • Write a story of the interview (500 words or less)
  • For the first overview film called A2I film, student should interview her teacher in science, math, or computers 
  • All written materials must be in English

 

How To Submit Project

To complete the program, the students must compile a project containing the following items:

  • Title page (Student name, city and state, email address, and grade in school)
  • Short letter to A2I mentors about why she wanted to participate
  • 5 video summaries
  • 5 interview stories
  • Snapshot of A2I page or Twitter page showing the five interactions with the mentors over the course of the semester/summer  

 

The items should be converted into a PDF file,  and an adult responsible for the student can email it to hq-women@nasa.gov.  Upon review and successful completion of the A2I program, the student will be emailed a certificate.   

When To Submit Projects

Parents, teachers, or organization leaders can submit the student projects on or around these dates:

  • The dates given here are guidelines only and are not “set deadlines”.  There is a lot of flexibility in this program, which is more reason to participate!
  • Spring Semester: June 1
  • Summer: September 1
  • Fall/Winter: December 1

 

What You Get

  • Knowledge, guidance, and answers to your questions
  • Convenient mentoring, brought to your requested level
  • Certificate of completion 

 

Unstructured Program

How It Works

  • Follow on Twitter @a2iSTEM
  • Communicate via the Engage link on main site
  • Young professional women at NASA respond to comments, questions, and Tweets
  • Mentors provide fun facts about their jobs in the STEM fields
  • Mentors provide other educational opportunities available through NASA 

 

What You Get

  • Knowledge, guidance, and answers to your questions
  • Convenient mentoring, brought to your requested level
  • No specific rules or lessons to complete
  • No certificate of completion but all the learning you want!