The WNY Women’s Foundation – in partnership with M&T Bank and University at Buffalo Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Partnership (ISEP) – is thrilled to bring NASA Astronaut Wendy Lawrence to Highgate Heights Elementary School. This rare opportunity will give kids a glimpse into the exciting world of space exploration and hear a first-hand account of what it is like in a Space Ship! Why do we feel this visit is important for children?

We need young people to take an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) now…so they are prepared for what lies ahead in a technological age in which they live, work and play.

Careers in the STEM fields are typically underrepresented by women and person of color.

Research shows that parents, teachers and other adults typically expect girls not to perform as well as boys in science, math and related subjects regardless of their true potential or demonstrated abilities…but we can change that thinking for all boys and girls!

The WNY Women’s Foundation supports the Buffalo community vision to build a robust economy where our children can become self sufficient. We believe that when women and their families are secure, entire communities are stronger.

Captain Wendy Lawrence will speak to students about her extraordinary experience as an Air Force pilot and NASA Astronaut – a path not many women have taken. She will speak to the importance of education and specifically STEM – reinforcing that investing in STEM fields for our children is more important than ever. The June 2nd video streamed to all Buffalo Public Schools and captured by a videographer. We are thrilled to offer this unique experience to the children of WNY.

More about Captain Wendy Lawrence:

event, supported by M&T Bank and University at Buffalo, will also be Captain Wendy Lawrence was selected by NASA in March 1992 and had an adventuresome career logging over 1200 hours in space through four space flights. Captain Lawrence retired from NASA in June 2006 and has dedicated her time to educating students about the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education.