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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. 


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.


Taking Up Space was founded 


Lives have been changed


Native American Children sent to space camp

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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