BSS Hosts NASA Goddard’s Sabrina Thompson

NASA Goddard’s Sabrina Thompson pictured with BSS X-STEM Ambassadors.

Once again, Blessed Sacrament School was selected to host a guest speaker from the USA Science and Engineering Festival’s Nifty Fifty Program. Sabrina Thompson, an aerospace engineer in the Navigation and Mission Design Branch at NASA Goddard, spoke to students at BSS. In following her passion of solving problems and telling stories, Ms. Thompson spoke on “Balancing Engineering and Art to Solve Problems.”

Ms. Thompson shared with students insights about her career at NASA and interests in art. She assured them that no matter what dream they pursue – hard work pays off!  To ignite students’ passion for science and engineering, the USA Science & Engineering Festival’s Nifty Fifty Program (a program of Science Spark), sends more than 200 noted science, technology, engineering and mathematic (STEM) professionals to speak about their work and careers at various schools in the Washington, DC Metro area in advance of the Festival. BSS is a member of the Festival’s X-STEM Ambassador program which afforded us the opportunity to host a Nifty Fifty Program speaker for the fourth year.

In 2016, BSS Technology Coordinator TJ Chipres created the X-STEM Ambassador program with the goal of exposing students to STEM leadership opportunities. Our X-STEM Ambassadors focus on spreading STEM awareness and excitement in our Blessed Sacrament community through interactive problem-solving with the help of STEM experts. On April 17, our BSS STEM Ambassadors will host a school-wide STEM Day.

Later this month, our BSS X-STEM Ambassadors will attend the “X-STEM DC 2019” symposium. Presented by NCR Foundation and the U.S. Department of Defense, the Extreme STEM symposium for middle through high school students features interactive presentations by an exclusive group of visionaries who aim to empower and inspire kids about careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Mark you calendars for 2020! Visit the the USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo on April 25-26, 2020 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. The event is the nation’s largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) featuring over 3,000 hands-on exhibits, 30 stage shows and more!

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