GSAWN Exemplary Practices & Celebration of National STEAM Day

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NASA’s Universe of Learning provides resources and experiences that enable youth, families, and lifelong learners to explore fundamental questions in science, experience how science is done, and discover the universe for themselves. Using its direct connection to the science and the experts behind the science, NASA’s Universe of Learning creates and delivers timely and authentic resources. The goal is to strengthen science learning and literacy, and to enable inquisitive learners to discover the universe for themselves in innovative, interactive ways that meet today’s 21st century needs.

The GSAWN Exemplary Practices & Celebration of National STEAM Day webinar was hosted by NGCP on November 8, 2022. In this webinar recording, learn how facilitators incorporated free resources from NASA’s Universe of Learning into their own Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA events

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Dr. Quyen Hart, Space Telescope Science Institute  

Dr. Quyen Hart is a Project Scientist at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore Maryland. She leads public outreach efforts for the James Webb Space Telescope and is involved in several projects for NASA’s Universe of Learning, including Girls STEAM Ahead with NASA and ViewSpace. For more than two decades, Dr. Hart has been actively involved in formal and informal astronomy education, providing unique learning experiences for people of all ages. She is passionate about sharing the wonders of astronomy and science to the general public because she knows that everyone can be a scientist!  

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Heather Kleiner, SciPort Discovery

Heather Kleiner, Ph.D. is the Region 7 STEM Center Director in northwest Louisiana. Since 2014, Dr. Kleiner has also served in multiple capacities at Sci-Port Discovery Center, a 92,000 square foot science center/museum in Shreveport. Dr. Kleiner co-founded the first cohort of STEM Learning Ecosystems in Louisiana (North Louisiana STEAM Alliance), the first Shreveport Mini-Maker Faire, the Bars without Barriers project - Turning Incarcerated Fathers into STEM Role Models for their Children; and has consistently secured grant funding for programming to support diverse and underserved members of the community. Dr. Kleiner brings experience as a pharmacologist and cancer researcher who trained at UT-Austin, MD Anderson, and proudly served as a faculty member at LSU Health-Shreveport for 10 years. ever since Dr. Kleiner herself was a young graduate student, she mentored students and participated in diversity initiatives for girls and people of different racial, ethnic, and financial backgrounds. 

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Penny Brumbaugh, Apache Junction Library

Penny Brumbaugh is the Supervising Librarian – Youth Services for the Apache Junction Public Library.  Her goals are to provide meaningful programming designed to create opportunities for learning for the youth in Apache Junction.  In addition to five years of experience in working in Libraries, she was active in Hawaii as a girl scout leader.  She ran a troop of 24 girls ranging in grades from Kindergarten to High School Seniors.  Her objective then as now is to encourage children to seek knowledge and explore. 

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Dr. Martha Saladino, Space Telescope Science Institute

Dr. Martha Saladino is the Education & Outreach Scientist at the DDr. Martha Irene Saladino is an Education & Outreach Scientist at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore. She is involved in the outreach efforts of NASA's Universe of Learning, the Hubble Space Telescope, JWST, and the upcoming Nancy Grace Space Telescope. Martha is deeply invested in promoting diversity in astronomy and engaging the new generations–especially minorities and underrepresented groups–in science. 

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Jennifer Stuart, Haywood County Public Library

Jennifer Stuart is the manager of Canton Branch of the Haywood Country Public Library in Canton, North Caroline. She received her master's degree in Library and Information Studies from UNC-Greensboro and has worked in public, academic, and health sciences library setting. Born in Jackson, Mississippi and she now resides in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina with her husband Travis, two children, Hazel and Merle, two dogs, and one cat.  

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