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America faces a serious deficit in retaining middle school girl’s interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) and related areas. Taking Up Space was created to broaden horizons for Native American girls and encourage their passion for STEM by sponsoring their trip to NASA’s Space Camp in Huntsville, AL. 

 

A 36 week colloquium on the fundamentals of aerospace, body positivity, and Native American arts and culture prepares our girls to understand and appreciate STEM.

This immersive, hands-on experience is an incredible opportunity that not only illuminates the real-world applications of STEM, but builds leadership, teamwork, and critical thinking skills. We believe this experience empowers these young participants to pursue their educational and career goals and interests in STEM throughout their critical middle school years and beyond.

2016

Taking Up Space was founded 

Countless

Lives have been changed

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Native American Children sent to space camp

Taking Up Space Timeline

1996
Association Formed SASTPC
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2014
Non-Profit Taking Up Space Formed
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2015
Speaker Series Outreach Formed
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2016
Inaugural Space Camp Cohort Chosen + Leadership Additions

Campers participated in a training/mentorship preparation period and Space Dinner. 

Dr. Bruce Bayly became President Interim. Dolly Spalding joins our Executive Team.

2017
Inaugural Space Camp Cohort Goes to Space Camp!

Our first ever Space Camp group made up of 4 outstanding campers fly to Huntsville AL   fall for NASA's  week-long Space Camp.

2018
Second Space Camp Cohort Goes to Space Camp
2019
Third Space Camp Cohort Goes to Space Camp
2020
COVID - No Space Camp BUT Amazing Developments

Sadly, NASA did not have Space Camp Summer 2020. However, we raised enough money to send our fourth and largest ever Space Camp cohort (6 campers) to Space Camp in 2021. Art for Space Camp Project. 

2021
Fourth Space Camp Cohort Goes to Space Camp
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Meet Our Founder: Czarina Salido

I remember, when I was 8 years old, feeling that I couldn’t do the same things that boys did. I couldn’t be as good in math and science. I found it unsettling, and that began my road of being an “unconscious rebel.” Coming from an underrepresented group myself, I had benefited as a young girl from outreach programs. I wanted to give back and share the same passions.

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