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Young girls learn about science and mathematic careers at ABAC

TIFT CO., GA (WALB) -

South Georgia girls get an inspirational lesson in what it's like to work in science, technology, engineering and math fields.

What better way for young girls to learn about science and mathematic careers, than to hear from women  who work in them.

It's been just four years since Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger went on a space mission. She actually started her career in teaching before applying for the space program.

"The way that I could give back was through teaching because I knew I enjoyed reaching out to younger generations and explaining how science works," says Management Astronaut Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger.

And Metcalf-Lindenburger is still doing that today. She says even if a girl doesn't want to be an astronaut, science applies to all areas of life..even things like fashion.

"There is science is all sorts of things and women are good at doing engineering and they are curious and creative and they start up companies and as professional woman I think its our duty to go back and talk to young woman," says Metcalf-Lindenburger.

ABAC hosted about 200 middle school children, who got to attend all kinds of workshops about science engineering and mathematics.

Metcalf-Lindenburger talked about life in space and some of the goals for the space program, including traveling to Mars.

"Were looking at ways to give further into the solar system and Mars seems like a logical choice so its not going to be really soon but hopefully by the 2030s," she says.

Metcalf Lindenburger is now on her way back to Houston where she works at the Johnson Space Center.

 

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