Space Gal Comes Home to West Virginia

Emily Calandrelli, former West Virginia native, goes online with “The Space Gal”. She is very excited about space exploration and more young people, especially girls, in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, also called STEM. She recently spoke in Charleston as part of the Commission's Higher Education STEM Speakers Series. He received a grant from the National Science Foundation.

This profession has never been a plan. Calandrelli said she would be an engineer and have degrees from West Virginia University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

“West Virginia University was the best place I could finish it. Everyone was so welcoming and supportive and so encouraging to me as a woman in STEM that I couldn't do without their help, "she said.

Calandrelli did well at WVU, earning 4.0 GPA and received national scholarships which enabled her to complete a master's program at MIT. Then she got a call she didn't expect.

"I got the call to be a television show host. It was a very serendipitous moment for me," she said. "I didn't interfere with that, I wasn't looking for that but they were looking for someone who had a background in aerospace engineering and they got me because West Virginia University did a lot of work on promoting my work." and I went searching online airspace, they found me. "

Calandrelli is the executive producer and nominated host of FOX Xploration Outer Space. She is also a key correspondent on Bill Nye Netflix who saves The World and a YouTube Spot and Spot writer, a series from Lockheed Martin.

She said that she had worked on the shows that most opportunities never get to experience, without weight.

“I think the coldest thing I have ever done in my life as The Space Gal is riding the vomit of the vomit, which is this plane that flies over the sky,” said Calandrelli. half an hour constantly climbing and lowering.

"It's really how they shot movies like Apollo 13 as the astronauts are floating," she said. "Until today I like the coldest experience I've ever had."

In addition, Calandrelli is standing to encourage young people, especially girls, to explore STEM areas through a series of books for children aged 6-10 called the Ada Lace Adventure Book Series.

"Ada is the third grader of this fine science and technology and goes on with high-tech adventures and gadgets that she takes herself," she said. "In the case of boys and girls who read my books, the message is that it is fun to be curious. Learning about science and technology is fun. You don't need to be perfect. that you get it right. "

Calandrelli said it was important to her that the main character, Ada, was from West Virginia.

"Basically, I wanted to create a book which is a woman as the main character who loves STEM, and not a single girl, but a West Virginia girl, who guides these events," she said.

Calandrelli sees a shortage of women in the STEM areas, but she sees the hope that this will not always be the case.

“When I was in college, in a 50-person class, you would be one of two, maybe through a girl,” she said. The game is definitely changing. never seen women before and it is optimistic for me in the future. "

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