Elaine P. Ho on International Women’s Day and girls in STEM

Thought leaders share ideas with WorkingNation Overheard at SXSW EDU 2023

Marking International Women’s Day, Elaine P. Ho, deputy associate administrator, STEM Engagement, NASA, says the organization has a partnership to reach one million girls – students in middle school and high school – to promote STEM and provide access to NASA content.

WorkingNation sat down with Ho at SXSW EDU 2023 in Austin.

She notes when thinking about NASA careers there are many positions beyond scientists and engineers. “We don’t necessarily think about the machinists, welders, electricians, fabricators that actually build the rocket, that build the satellites. These jobs are jobs that are critically important to NASA’s mission. And you can get these jobs right out of high school.”

“We have to do a much better job about communicating the exciting mission that people can contribute. Again, coming right out of college, stepping into a community college program, or a trade program. Right now, there is exponential growth in the amount of activity in the space industry. These jobs are available if students are willing to do some hands-on work. We know that’s an incredible way to contribute to this mission.”

Learn more about NASA STEM Engagement.