Mae Jemison and the Solar System

Last week in Sisters4Science at Reavis, we learned about Dr. Mae Jemison.

First, we talked about what role models are (“Someone you look up to,” according to Kemonte). The girls shared their role models with everyone; both Alita and Tayla look up to their older sisters as role models!
Then, we learned about the life of Dr. Mae Jemison. Mae Jemison was the first African American woman to go into space. Each of the girls got a book–The 100 Year Starship–and we read about Jemison’s plans to create a starship that can travel outside of our solar system!
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We discussed how Jemison may be considered a role model for us, and looked to some quotes of hers for inspiration. Mahogany explained that you shouldn’t let other people bring you down after reading this quote from Jemison: “Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations…You can hear other people’s wisdom, but you’ve got to re-evaluate the world for yourself.” When we talked about the meaning of this quote by Mae Jemison–“The best way to make dreams come true is to wake up”–Tayla explained that you have to work to make your dreams come true, and you can’t just expect them to happen on their own. Then, Tayla brought up another quote she had heard before–“Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard”–because she thought they both had the same message. This was a very impressive analysis of Mae Jemison’s ideas!
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The girls wanted to talk a little more about the solar system, so they each went to the board and drew out a model of the solar system, wrote the names of the planets, and discussed how big the universe might actually be and whether aliens might exist. Since different planets take a different amount of time to orbit the sun, a “year” is a different number of days, so we all calculated our “age” on other planets. On Mercury, our Sisters are 54 years old!
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