2021: Atlanta, Georgia
IgnitedThinkers is extremely honored to have been a part of the #AimHigher initiative along with leader Mrs. Christina Korp (President of Purpose Entertainment and former manager of Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin), artist Stan Herd Artworks, the Space for Art Foundation, Atlanta Parks and Rec Department, Downtown Atlanta, the Hines Family Foundation, Associated Universities Inc., Georgia Tech, Morehouse College, and the Georgia Space Grant Consortium.
Aim Higher is an event that was organized to commemorate World Space Week and International Day of the Girl to raise awareness about NASA's Artemis Program and inspire women and girls through the high-profit STEAM exhibit. As a part of the Aim Higher project, there will be a 4,800 square-foot natural Earthwork designed in Atlanta by renowned crop artist Stan Herd. The Earthwork was framed by approximately 1,500 tiles of space art created by students from fourteen Atlanta Public Schools and kids from three Children's Healthcare of Atlanta hospitals. Satellite images of the Earthwork were captured from low Earth orbit by Satellogic, a company that specialized in Earth-observation satellites.
Former NASA astronauts Nicole Stott and Susan Kilrain (the second woman to pilot the Space Shuttle and a Georgia Tech alum), along with Inspiration 4 Mission Pilot astronaut Dr. Sian Proctor, were on site in Woodruff Park to speak about the importance of representation to inspire more women and girls and people of color to pursue careers in space and tech fields. Stephanie Wilson participated virtually with a video greeting from quarantine at the Kennedy Space Center, where she will be supporting as the backup crew for the next NASA International Space Station mission (Crew 3). NASA Deputy Administrator Pam Melroy also participated with a video greeting.
IgnitedThinkers CEO, Gitika Gorthi, was the moderator of the World Space Week Kids Panel; the panelists were Ph.D. Georgia Tech student Naia Butler-Craig, Twitter space superstar @AstroRyan1 (Ryan Serena), and incredible aerospace leader Christopher L. Check out the panel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w35P24-jhE0 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ivhcWvTv9I.
View the Aim Higher Women in Space inspirational video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9p3N2s5j_E