U.S. Embassy Ottawa was over the moon to host National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Chief Scientist Dr. Ellen Stofan and Chief Technologist Dr. David Miller on May 19 as they addressed about 50 young women interested in pursuing higher education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Most of the girls were participants in the Ottawa Technovation Challenge who showcased their scientific knowledge with tough questions and interesting insights.
In their presentation to the students, Dr. Stofan and Dr. Miller explained some of the fascinating projects they and their colleagues are currently working on at NASA, as well as the long history of collaboration between NASA and the Canadian Space Agency. Dr. Stofan discussed her path to becoming a scientist, and the importance of encouraging young girls to pursue education in STEM fields. She emphasized the importance of both women and men being problem-solvers and innovators so we can effectively tackle such challenges as climate change, cyber security, and space travel.
Check out this video of Dr. Stofan to hear more about the importance of women in STEM.