Educating the Scientists of Tomorrow for the Eradication of Disease
A few years back I asked my then soon-to-be 10-year-old daughter what she wanted to be when she grew up. Typical 10-year-old boys or girls may answer with the typical…
What child has not dreamed of flying to space in a rocket, or walking on the moon, or visiting distant galaxies in a spaceship? We probably still daydream about it as adults. How cool would it be to see earth from the moon instead of the other way around? I always thought the coolest job in the world had to be an astronaut, after all they get to do these things and get paid for it. However, I never really decided to pursue being an astronaut. In my 8-year-old mind I saw becoming an astronaut as an impossible dream, not just because I was a child, but because there really weren’t any role models for me to follow into that path. How does one even become an astronaut? Is there an astronaut school? Can girls be astronauts?
Concerned parents have been looking for alternative options for their students for years. 87% of Florida’s youth is currently enrolled in some form of public school education, and households with children in private schools make 174% of the income of households with children in public schools, indicating a private education is likely out of reach for most students.
While it may be true that more women prefer psychology to engineering, it does not mean that they are not naturally inclined to take a traditionally male-dominated role. Many factors may hinder a woman from pursuing a career in the STEM fields of engineering and technology, pushing them into female-friendly careers instead.
Thanks to his belief in the Manifezt Foundation mission, we are pleased to announce the addition of Interim Program Director of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Chris Caines, to our board. Chris has been with the Knight Foundation for the past two years, where he worked closely with Matt Haggman as a program associate and has been an instrumental part of their investment into the community since joining.