Dollie McCown awarded Women of Color STEM Award

Dollie McCown’s efforts in the NASA’s mission have enhanced the agency’s ability to advance information about career opportunities in STEM.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has three educational goals: engage Americans in NASA’s air and space mission, strengthen the nation’s future workforce, and attract and retain students in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, disciplines.

Dollie McCown’s efforts in the mission have enhanced NASA’s ability to advance information about career opportunities in STEM. She has been diligent in identifying people to collaborate and network within community organizations such as the YMCA, Girl/Boy Scouts, Hampton Public Library Math and Science Mentoring Program, Cooperating Hampton Roads Organizations for Minorities in Engineering Inc. (business, industry, government agencies, institutions of higher learning, public school systems, and civic and professional organizations), Urban League of Hampton Road Inc., Region 2 Math and Science Coalition and Math Counts’ national middle school math program.

Recently she set up a partnership with the Family Learning and Enrichment Center’s “All That for Kids” after-school/summer program in Newport News, VA., to provide video teleconference access to NASA’s television programs such as NASA-Connect.

In 2010, Ms. McCown was selected by the Director of the Strategic Relationships Office to manage NASA Langley Research Center’s Summer of Innovation (SoI) program based on her past experience and work with groups historically underrepresented in STEM.

Ms. McCown’s efforts have increased student, teacher and parent participation in NASA Langley’s five-state region of Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. She and her staff have reached 120,000 educators and 300,000 students. As NASA Langley’s K-12 manager, she leads a team of educators to integrate NASA content and materials in school. She provides professional development workshops for educators, facilitates pre-service training for university students, classroom demonstrations and distance learning events. She also serves as Langley’s contact for the Governor’s Academy Innovation, Technology and works closely with the directors to increase student participation in Langley’s summer-intern opportunities and the annual Career Day program during National Engineering Week.

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