LSC Co-Founder, Rita Willcoxon Presenting at the American Business Women’s Association

Photo courtesy of the NASA Alumni League Florida Chapter.

Rita Willcoxon, one of LSC’s project leaders and founders, will be the featured speaker at the American Business Women’s Association Monthly Meeting Event on June 25, 2019. If you want to attend, you must reserve your spot by 5:00 p.m., June 24, 2019. For more information about the event, and to make a reservation, please visit: http://abwaoceanside.com/. We hope to see you there!

JoAnn Morgan Featured in CNN Films Apollo 11

Photo courtesy of NASA.

JoAnn Morgan was the first female engineer at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) at John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC). She faced adversity throughout her career because she was a woman in a “man’s world.” Nevertheless, she was the only woman in the firing room during the July 15, 1969, launch of Apollo 11. She persevered and climbed the ranks at NASA to become the first woman to serve as a senior executive at KSC.

She mentored many women and men throughout her career including senior NASA executives, astronauts, and even two of LSC’s project leaders! She is very deserving to be recognized this way! Be sure to watch CNN Films Apollo 11 when it airs on Sunday June 23, at 9 p.m., EDT. And in the meantime, check out this CNN article and video clip describing Ms. Morgan’s experiences as a trailblazer at NASA in the 1960s. Enjoy!

P.S. If you’re interested in all the Apollo TV specials click this link: https://www.nalfl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Apollo-TV-Specials.pdf to view a downloadable PDF listing all the specials.

Rita Willcoxon, LSC Co-Founder, Invited to Be a Panelist on GIRL POWERED: Growing Stronger STEM

Photo courtesy of Community Foundation for Brevard.

Rita Willcoxon, one of LSC’s project leaders and founders, participated in Community Foundation for Brevard’s (CFB) panel discussion, GIRL POWERED: Growing Stronger STEM on May 15, 2019. She, along with Kim Churches, CEO of AAUW; and Bud Deffebach, Co-founder, Groundswell Startups, participated in the panel and community discussion in an effort to find ways that we can work together as a community to create change. To learn more about CFB, visit: https://www.cfbrevard.org/.

Field Trip to KSC

The Launch STEM Carers project took the DeLaura Middle School students and their Satellite High mentors to the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) on February 27. At the Astronaut Memorial Foundation education facility, the girls engaged in programming a sphero to move along five different points on a Mars map. Afterwards, they visited the Shuttle Atlantis facility and rode the Shuttle Launch Experience. Then, the girls experienced the 3D IMAX movie Journey to Space.

As a treat for being such outstanding mentors, the high school girls, who are members of the Science Research Group at Satellite High, toured some of the Kennedy Space Center Research areas. They were shown some of the research that NASA is doing as part of future exploration to the Moon and to Mars. All of the girls at both DeLaura and Satellite had an amazing time!

Women in STEM Networking Event 2019

In partnership with the Florida Tech Society of Women Engineers, Launch STEM Careers hosted “Women in STEM Networking” on February 19, 2019, at FIT. STEM majors and Local women in STEM professions discussed a variety of workplace and career topics.

We want to thank all the companies represented at the event: Alstom Transport, ASRC, Blue Origin, Boeing, Collins Aerospace, Embraer, FIT, General Electric, Harris Corporation, Jacobs, Lockheed Martin, NASA, Northrop Grumman, Sun Nuclear, Thales, and the University of Florida (PhD students). We also want to give a special thanks to all of our attendees; you helped to make the event a tremendous success! Thank you!