From Painting to NASA: A Girl’s Journey

Event Details

  • WHERE: Online

  • WHEN: March 8, 2021; 7:00 PM


On International Women’s Day, Ayla Gavins, Curriculum Coordinator & Instructional Coach at New England Innovation Academy (NEIA), welcomes all aspiring innovators (girls AND boys!) to a virtual Innovation Studio with special guests. 

At NEIA, students discover their passion-driven purpose, bring ideas to impact, and graduate ready for what’s next. How do we prepare the next generation of innovators? Learning from someone who has gone through that journey can be a great start.

At this event, 8th-grade student Kayla will cultivate her own passion and purpose to become an astronaut, by connecting with Sophia Kressy, who worked at NASA, to share her journey.

Before working at NASA, Sophia majored in astronomy, physics, and painting at Boston University. Sophia is now pursuing her Ph.D. in astronomy at the University of North Carolina.

Key Takeaways:

  • Experience NEIA’s unique approach to mentoring NEIA students to help cultivate passion and purpose.
  • How did Sophia’s earlier experiences prepare her to work at NASA?
  • Ask Sophia your own questions with Kayla moderating.
  • Ayla shares a glimpse of NEIA’s Innovation Studio experience.
  • Enjoy a hands-on exercise with like-minded peers in grades 6-12 who are aspiring innovators like Kayla.


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This week our mini inventors will be focusing on coding and prototyping. Yesterday, students prototyped a lamp, and today, they did the same with a sound machine. Students then used human-centered design to understand how to improve the product for the user by interviewing classmates and staff. Friday, students will present to their classmates, staff, and families their chosen projects starting from their beginning sketches to their prototype to the final product.

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