Founding of IgnitedThinkers
It all started at a rocket launch site...
The founder of IgnitedThinkers, Gitika Gorthi, was in 7th grade when she went to her first rocket launch held by NOVAAR at Great Meadows to fly her first built model rocket (Alan Anderson, her TechEd teacher from Rachel Carson MS, recommended the place). Gitika was very excited and took her whole family along with her, and they all had the time of their lives seeing many rockets getting launched, and seeing her own model rocket flying high into the sky. After a few hours at the launch site, the family decided to ride back home. Little did I know that car ride would change Gitika's perspective on educational opportunities and would be start of a long journey with IgnitedThinkers. During the ride back home, Gitika's father said, "Gitika, you are very lucky." She was confused at first and asked, "Why?" Her father answered, "At the age of 13, you were able to build and launch a rocket. On top of that, you got to see bigger rockets get launched. Whereas I, saw my first rocket launch at the age of 40 because of my daughter. You are truly lucky to get this opportunity, which many other kids do not get." That struck somewhere hard for Gitika, and that's when her mind started thinking how can she change that... how can every single person in the world receive space education opportunities that she was blessed with.
The conversation with her father made Gitika think bigger. She never thought about how other kids her age or even older never got the opportunity to build or see rockets flying; she realized how lucky she was. Then Gitika started thinking, why? Why can't they get equal opportunities as me? Why? She then determined that will change this. Gitika needs to give every kid an equal opportunity in space education. Everybody deserves a chance; space is a revolutionizing industry, and every person deserves a chance at being apart of this wonderful industry. That is how IgnitedThinkers started. Gitika wanted to make a difference around the globe by giving equal opportunities. It wasn't an easy task to start the organization and make connections with other renowned organizations, but it was a process with lots of growth and development that she does not regret.
Gitika's vision is to connect all organizations around the world together, and create an ecosystem where everyone can come to IgnitedThinkers to find free resources, learn about opportunities, and connect with local organizations and space champions. IgnitedThinkers is working towards the ultimate goal of providing space education to all.