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First African-American Woman in Space Comes to Indy's Children's Museum

Jemison pondered a career as a dancer at one point before choosing to be a scientist.

INDIANAPOLIS--NASA Astronaut, engineer, physician, Peace Corps medical officer, and dancer. These are the titles that Mae Carol Jemison has proudly held throughout her adult life. She also carries another noteworthy title-- the first African American woman to travel in space. She did that when she went into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour on September 12, 1992. 

Now she makes her way to the Children's Museum in Indianapolis Friday December 1. Jemison is now the Chief Ambassador for the Bayer “Making Science Make Sense” initiative. She will share her story  why she loves science with students at the museum. 

"We are thrilled to host Dr. Jemison, Bayer and the Big Ten Conference and we are honored that they recognize our museum-wide commitment to science education,” said Dr. Jeffrey H. Patchen, president and CEO, The Children’s Museum. “The recent establishment of our Heritage Group Center for Family Learning in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) gives visiting families and children opportunities to become immersed in all levels of age-appropriate science in exhibits such as Beyond Spaceship Earth, National Geographic Treasures of the Earth and Dinosphere.”

During a private event with several hundred Indianapolis Public School, and Metropolitan School District Wayne Township students in grades 3-5, Dr. Jemison will share her personal journey and her thoughts about the importance of a focus on science education in schools and in everyday lives. Following her presentation, and question and answer session, Dr. Jemison will tour several areas within the museum where students will participate in various science experiments.
The former astronaut says she knew early on she was either going to be a scientist or a professional dancer. She loves sciences and the arts and is an advocate for both. Her mother once told her “You can always dance if you’re a doctor, but can’t doctor if you’re a dancer.”

The presentation will start at 10 am Friday, but is not open to the public. 


(Photo courtesy of China Photos/Getty Images)

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