For our 2nd virtual visit at the Science Museum we focused on the Science of Space. We learnt about what astronauts do in space, how you can become an astronaut, and the different kinds of scientists that work in space.
We learnt about some famous cosmonauts including three inspiring women called Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman to travel into space, Mae Jemison, the first black woman to do so, who stressed the importance of studying hard and never giving up, and Helen Sharman, the first British woman in space.
We invited the children to research Indian aviator, Air Marshall Padma Bandopadhyay, as well as Valentina Tereshkova, Mae Jemison and Helen Sharman, and we encouraged the children to research airplanes and spaceships.
What the young people wrote...
Mae Jemison was born in Alabama and raised in Chicago, USA. She went to Stanford University where she graduated with degrees in chemical engineering and African and African-American Studies. She then went to Cornell University where she graduated with a medical degree.
Mae went to Liberia and Sierra Leone in West Africa as a doctor in the Peace Corps. In pursuit of becoming an astronaut, she applied to NASA and became the first black woman to travel into space in 1992. Mae left NASA in 1993 and founded a technology research company.
Mae later formed a non-profit educational foundation. She also wrote several books for children and appeared on television several times, including in Star Treck: The Next Generation. Mae was awarded several honorary doctorates and was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame and the International Space Hall of Fame.