On November 28, Emily Calandrelli visited Hamlin and spoke with students in grades 1-5.
Emily is an Emmy-nominated science TV host. She’s featured as a correspondent on Bill Nye Saves the World and a producer and the host of FOX’s Xploration Outer Space. Her first science children’s book series – the Ada Lace Adventures – is now available on Amazon and everywhere books are sold.
Emily’s educational background is in engineering and policy. At West Virginia University she received a bachelors in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. She received her Masters from MIT in Aeronautics and Astronautics as well as Technology and Policy.
Emily is wildly passionate about space exploration. Through her show, she wants to prove that the space industry is more exciting today than ever before in history. As the host, Emily works to explain science-related topics in an easily digestible, and entertaining way.
Emily wants to inspire more females to pursue STEM careers. She believes most young students, especially women and minorities, don’t realize how many amazing, creative, and often free opportunities exist for students who pursue STEM majors. She plans to change that.
During her presentation, Ms. Calandrelli shared some of her adventures from Xploration Outer Space. She talked about sending large balloons up to the aurora borealis in Alaska, looking through a telescope 14,000 feet up on a volcano in Hawaii, visiting India, and riding a plane that flies like a rollercoaster. She also spoke about how astronauts need to create artificial gravity in order to exercise while in space. Ms. Calandrelli then read from one of her Ada Lace books.
At the end of her presentation one Hamlin student asked: How are you able to change the world through your writing?
Ms. Calandrelli answered:
When I was growing up I read about little boys as the lead characters in adventure books, I want it to become normal for girls to be lead characters who like science and adventures.
Below is a brief video of Emily Calandrelli:
To learn more about Ms. Calandrelli, please visit: http://www.thespacegal.com/