By Laura Hamilton Waxman

Have you equipped a funky technological know-how venture? In heart institution, Aprille Ericsson gained moment position in a technology reasonable. She knew she desired to retain growing striking technology tasks. As an grownup, she grew to become an engineer and works at NASA construction spacecraft.

Ericsson used to be one of many few ladies in her heart tuition who enjoyed math and technology. Years later, she turned the 1st girl to obtain a PhD in mechanical engineering from Howard collage. At NASA, she's helped construct spacecraft which may map the moon, video display weather swap, or maybe convey soil and rocks again from Mars. learn the way Ericsson's ardour for technology has helped her pave the way in which for destiny engineers.

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Learn how Ericsson’s passion for science has helped her pave the way for future engineers. S T E M TRAILBLAZER BIOS Have you ever built a cool science project? In middle school, Aprille Ericsson won second place in a science fair. She knew she wanted to keep creating amazing science projects. As an adult, she became an engineer and works at NASA building spacecraft.

4, 6 Large Space Structures Institute, 16–17 NASA, 6, 14, 17, 19, 20–21, 23, 26–27 polar ice caps, 25 public speaking, 27–29 Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE), 22 satellites, 21–24 lasers, 25 Space Race, 6 Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter (LOLA), 21 Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission, 23 Mars, 12, 21 Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP), 22 Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 11–14 missiles, 14 Women in Science and Engineering Award, 26 ABOUT THE AUTHOR Laura Hamilton Waxman has written many nonfiction books for young readers.

1992 Ericsson gets a job at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. 1997 Ericsson receives the Women in Science and Engineering Award, one of many awards she will earn. 2010 Ericsson speaks at the White House as part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s mentoring program for high school girls. Ericsson serves as an international speaker for the Women in Engineering Conference in South Africa for the third consecutive year. html 23 Ibid. ” GLOSSARY aerospace the design or operation of spacecraft black holes invisible objects in space that pull everything into them, including light engineering the science of designing and building 30 flight simulator a machine that imitates the controls of an airplane or a spacecraft polar ice caps large, thick sheets of ice at the North and South Poles satellites objects that circle planets, moons, or stars in space FURTHER INFORMATION BOOKS Doeden, Matt.

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