Trinidadian-born scientist Camille Wardrop Alleyne is the only woman of Caribbean descent in a top position at NASA. Currently the Assistant Program Scientist for the International Space Station, she helps the ISS develop programs to attract students to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields. She is known for designing and developing space vehicles, most particularly the Orion crew exploration vehicle, which is designed to carry astronauts to the moon, Mars, and beyond. Alleyne is also the founder of the Brightest Stars Foundation, an organization to educate young women in STEM fields. Using her own journey and Caribbean success story, she is working towards empowering young women. Here are excerpts from “10,000 Girls Tour: Empowering girls across the Eastern Caribbean.”
The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States’ (OECS) Commission has partnered with Dr. Camille Wardrop Alleyne, NASA space scientist and Founder of the Brightest Stars Foundation, to inspire girls in the OECS region to achieve against all odds.
Trinidad-born NASA aerospace engineer and role model, Dr. Alleyne will use her own journey and Caribbean success story, paired with the positive message of the film “Hidden Figures,” to motivate, inspire and empower 10,000 girls throughout the region to reach their full potential. Her message to them is to dream big dreams and to know that there is no limit to what they can achieve with hard work, determination, focus and a belief in themselves.
[. . .] The Eastern Caribbean leg of the 10,000 Girls Tour aims to host 1,500 girls in each island, with a particular focus on underserved rural and urban communities. Dr Alleyne and her team plan to visit at least ten Caribbean islands by the end of the year. [. . .]
The 10,000 Girls tour was launched in Trinidad on March 15th 2017, under RBC Caribbean Limited’s Young Leaders Programme and boasted over 340 girls from all across the country.
[. . .] About The Brightest Stars Foundation: The Brightest Stars Foundation is a non-governmental organisation that is dedicated to educating, empowering and inspiring young women to be future leaders in the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Founded in 2007 by Dr. Camille Wardrop Alleyne, the Brightest Stars Foundation has inspired and empowered over 3000 young people, globally, to see their potential and to strive for excellence in their academic pursuits.
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