CANCELED! Baby Yoda Paint-N-Sip Fundraiser with an Astronaut!

Hello,
Unfortunately, due to the new suggested mandate regarding the COVID-19 virus, we are canceling our Paint and Sip fundraiser.

We will gladly refund your money upon request. Should you instead choose to donate some or all of it, we will send you a signed personalized photo from Astronaut Hoot Gibson.

As you can imagine cancelling a fundraiser is a tough blow for us, we appreciate your support during this on going difficult time.

Czarina Salido
Executive Director

Join us and explore an evening of art, food, wine, and space! Award winning space artist, Michelle Rouch will guide you through a Baby Yoda paint-n-sip workshop.

Enjoy two complimentary glasses of Maynards’ Wine of the Month, along with delicious pizza, and dessert. The event includes stories and a photo with our very special guest, Space Shuttle Astronaut, Capt. Robert ‘Hoot’ Gibson.

Gibson is an engineer, pilot, astronaut, and the commander of four space shuttle missions. After the workshop, he’ll be telling the tales of his time in space and will be available for a photo with you and your finished art work. For an additional $25 donation, Hoot will even sign your painting!

  • Who: Space Artist Michelle Rouch with Space Shuttle Astronaut Capt. Robert ‘Hoot’ Gibson
  • What: Paint-N-Sip Workshop: Baby Yoda in Space
  • Where: Maynards Market and Kitchen, 400 N Toole Ave A, Tucson, AZ 85701
  • When: Wednesday, April 1, 2020
  • Time: 5:30PM – 8:00PM
  • Price: $75 – includes workshop, art supplies and canvas, two glasses of Maynards’ Wine of the Month, pizza, and dessert, and a photo with you, your painting, and Hoot Gibson. Astronaut Gibson will sign your painting for an additional $25 donation

Artwork by Michelle Rouch will be on display and available for purchase and signing. Michelle was nominated for Arizona Governor’s Arts Awards. She won first place in the American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautic (AIAA) Harry Staubs Precollege Outreach Award and outstanding STEM K-12 outreach in 2014 – 2017. Her engineering background offers her the ability to combine technical knowledge and refine her aerospace art.

Space is exclusively limited to 22 guests. This is a small alfresco gathering.

To purchase tickets :

  • Step 1: Donate $75 (per person) for the workshop
  • or donate $100 (per person) for the workshop PLUS have your painting signed by Robert ‘Hoot’ Gibson

Donate here: https://www.paypal.com/us/fundraiser/112574644767835624/charity/1530675(Be sure the box ‘Share my name and email with this charity’ is checked.)

  • Step 2: Wait for your email confirmation to arrive.
  • Step 3: Check-in April 1st at Maynards with your confirmation. You are ready to paint-n-sip!

Proceeds benefit the Taking Up Space Program. Immersing Native American girls in STEM at Space Camp. Please send questions and queries to: sastpc@gmail.com

Find a Chicken, Pick it Up, Then All Day You’ll Have Good Luck…

Emily Carney Supports Taking Up Space

We are so grateful to spaceflight enthusiast, Emily Carney! Emily is graciously donating the above photograph, signed, to all who contribute (see How to Help below) to our program Taking Up Space – sending Native American girls to Space Camp.

How to Help

Step 1: Donate $10 here: 👉https://www.paypal.com/us/fundraiser/112574644767835624/charity/1530675 (Be sure the box ‘Share my name and email with this charity’ is checked.)

Step 2: After you’ve donated send an email to: sastpc@gmail.com with your name, address, and any personalization you would like on the photograph

Step 3: Wait for your photo to arrive

Who is Emily and why is she chasing fowl?

Emily Carney is an author hailing from Saint Petersburg, Florida. Her first vivid space memory was seeing Columbia launch in late 1981 (STS-2). Even though she was very young (three years old) and the launch was 140 miles away from where she stood, she’ll never forget it. From then on, she was obsessed with the space shuttle, and spaceflight in general.

In 1997, Carney enlisted in the United States Navy, and at one point worked as a nuclear propulsion mechanical operator aboard the USS George Washington (CVN 73). When she was honorably discharged in 2003, she went back to college and earned a degree in education. She only taught for a brief time, but after she left the education field, her passion for spaceflight was reignited.

Carney worked as a freelance writer from 2008 to 2011, and during that time she started a spaceflight blog, This Space Available (accessible via space.nss.org/category/this-space-available). Fun fact: the late Gene Cernan (Gemini 9A, Apollo 10, and Apollo 17 astronaut, also known as “The Last Man on the Moon”) once asked her, “What the hell is a space blog?”

In 2011, Carney wanted to start a Facebook group for space enthusiasts, but was struggling to find a good name. Her husband, Steve, suggested “Space Hipsters” as sort of a sarcastic placeholder, but the name stuck. The group grew more quickly than she could imagine, and as of January 2020 it totals nearly 18,000 members. Space Hipsters boasts members from all around the world, and includes space enthusiasts, writers, artists, scientists, engineers, aspiring astronauts, and even a few actual astronauts.

NASA launched, Camilla, the rubber chicken and SDO mascot (Credit: NASA)
World View launched a chicken sandwich (Credit: KFC Facebook)

Taking Up Space is not responsible for damaged or lost photographs. All proceeds go to sending Native American children to Space Camp.

Our Journey: Tribal Council Recognition and Validation

Impact

An old man was walking along a beach surrounded by hundreds of washed-up starfish. As he walked, he came upon a girl throwing the starfish back into the ocean, one by one. The old man looked bewildered and asked, “What are you doing?” The young girl replied, “I’m saving stranded starfish.” The old man chuckled aloud, “There are hundreds of starfish and only one of you. What difference can you make?” The girl picked up another starfish, gently tossed it into the water, turned to the man and said, “I made a difference to that one!” Starfish Proverb

As a small non-profit organization, we understand that making a difference in an underserved community can be challenging. Creating a large event or program seems like a a great way to make an impact, but getting people to sign up and show up can be difficult. Sometimes it’s necessary to create little impacts, and to start with a small group, or even just one individual. Working with one child over many years helps to create a long-lasting relationship. Over time, the bond that forms builds more of an impact than a one-off program or event. As time progresses, a relationship also starts to form with the community. The overall impact, therefore, expands from an individual to an entire community. In this very way, we started helping a small group of girls – sending initially three children per year to Space Camp for the past three years. This in turn cultivated a relationship, where tribal members have said we are now “family.” In the end, we presented at the Pascua Yaqui tribal council, not because we did anything different, but because we’ve consistently helped one child at a time, thus creating a higher degree of improvement and larger social impact.

(Social impact increases by helping more people, or by helping a smaller number of people to a greater degree of improvement. We can increase our social impact by helping a small amount of people to a greater extent and in ways that have long term benefits.*)

The Beginning

Three years ago we started sending Native American children, mostly Pascua Yaqui girls, to Space Camp. Our goal was to send three children for three years, and to keep adding three more children every year. Thus far, we’ve awarded 9 scholarships.

To say there has been a learning curve is an understatement. We were unable to procure funding to send as many kids as we had ambitiously hoped for, but we still accomplished our three-year goal. We persevered, continued with fundraising, and learned not only how to motivate children learning STEAM, but also the many challenges for children who have never left home, never been apart from their families, and never been on an airplane before.

It has been exciting and rewarding watching our scholarship winners board a plane for the first time and visit the airplane’s cockpit. They are now seasoned travelers who can navigate airports and find their connecting flights with confidence.

Tribal Council Recognition and Validation

We were honored to present in front of the Pascua Yaqui Tribal.

At the council meeting, it was powerful to see the moving and emotional reception that these children received. The council members expressed how proud of them they were and how inspiring they were to both adults and kids. They praised their courage and were supportive of their journey and futures stating, “This gives me great hope to see the first Yaqui on the moon. So hopefully you’ll get there, or Mars, or anywhere else you want to go.”

Will these kids go on to become astronauts, aerospace engineers, or experimental physicists? We don’t know, but what we do know is they have already had a positive affect on those around them and their tribe. They have become role models. They have become our first Taking Up Space ambassadors.

Forward Thinking

Thank you to Aimee Young for coordinating and mentoring our STEAM project

We are ready to start new projects and can’t wait to bring science to even more Native children. Our hope is to spread the love of curiosity and critical thinking while inspiring children. We know we can accomplish our goal with your help and support.

Thank you

Thank you Pascua Yaqui Tribal Council, Pascua Yaqui Parents, Pascua Yaqui chaperones – Melissa and Naomi, and the Pascua Yaqui Tribe! Thank you to all of our donors, especially Tucson Federal Credit Union and Space Hipsters.

To donate click here: https://www.paypal.com/us/fundraiser/charity/1530675

*”Can one person make a difference? What the evidence says.”
By Benjamin Todd

Congratulations Class of 2019!

The kids did great! 👏 Congratulations to Sole and John for successfully completing Space Camp on team Capricorn,

and Saydee for completing Aviation challenge Mach II on team Black Hawk!

Thank you to everyone who helped them get to Space Camp! 🙏

A special thank you to our sponsors: Pascua Yaqui Tribe, Space Hipsters, and Tucson Federal Credit Union.

STEAM Art Project

About Susan

It is such a treat to showcase one of our biggest supporters, Susan Roy.

How would someone describe you?

I’m a person who pursues her passions, which often turn into obsessions. I’ve always been obsessed with space travel. I went to U.S. Space Camp in the 1980s, during one of the first sessions offered to adults, and wrote about it for Savvy magazine. I’ve witnessed a Shuttle launch. Five years ago I went to NASA’s Johnson Space Center where I visited Mission Control and sat in Gene Kranz’s chair. That (metaphorically) launched me into my pursuit of all things space, including taking a Zero-G flight.


What are your favorite activities?

Meeting Apollo astronauts and traveling to important space sites, from  Kennedy Space Center to the Cosmodrome in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. I’m proud to have stood on the launchpads from where we Earthlings launched the first human into space (Baikonur) and sent the first of our kind to the moon (Pad 39-A at KSC). I’m working on a book about the history of our space program and my experiences.

Girls should be taking up MORE space!

Of what contribution or achievement are you most proud?

Earning my master’s degree in architectural history from Columbia University, and publishing a book based on my thesis about family fallout shelters during the Cold War (“Bomboozled: How the U.S. Government Misled Itself and Its People into Believing They Could Survive a Nuclear Attack”).


Who has influenced you?

Rusty Schweickart, the Apollo 9 astronaut who got the rare opportunity to spend five minutes outside his spacecraft with no tasks to accomplish. He chose to absorb everything he could, and years later gave a phenomenally touching, inspiring and profound talk about his experience. It’s called “No Frames, No Boundaries” and you can find it at rustyschweickart.com. It’s a beautiful description of the cosmic perspective. The lesson: Keep looking up!

What’s surprising about you?

I’ve spent twenty-five years in New York working as a magazine editor, on a variety of titles (SELF, Avenue, This Old House, Allure, Continental Profiles, and more).

Why are you supporting Girls Taking Up Space?

Girls should be taking up MORE space! I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to give a young girl an experience which she otherwise would not have. It will expand her perspective and open her eyes to remarkable possibilities. Ideally, it will change her life.

As the Taking Up Space program director, I am personally indebted to Susan. While relocating to San Diego, I was considering putting the program on a short hiatus. Then in June, while celebrating the Apollo 11 anniversary in New York, I was lucky enough to meet Susan Roy. She struck me as a quiet person with a kind smile. We were invited to the University Club for the Apollo 11 luncheon, and it was there where Susan lent me her ear, and did something I never would have expected. I told her I wasn’t going to send the Pascua Yaqui girls to Space Camp in 2019, because I hadn’t yet raised the funds. Without hesitation she said, “I’ll donate.”
I think my jaw dropped. With her help, I could then go to the tribe and ask for matching funding. It was Susan who motivated me, it was Susan who believed in the cause, and it was Susan who helped brush off the dust to get us started. In as little as two months, with the help of individual donations, the PY tribe, Space Hipsters, and Tucson Federal Credit Union, we raised close to $9,000. Unbelievable! I’m still scratching my head at all of this. We leave in a few days, and I couldn’t be more in awe of the overwhelming support. All in thanks to Susan Roy.
Czarina Salido

Meet Mark

We are honored to have Mark Pestana as one of our donors. It’s a privilege to be supported by this outstanding human, and we think you’ll agree.

How would someone describe you?

People have described me as multi-dimensional… using both sides of my brain. I love science and engineering, and the technical aspects of aerospace subjects, having been a pilot and space operations engineer. But I also love being an artist. I have been inspired throughout my life to depict my interpretations of the beauty of the natural world, our planet’s place in the universe, and humanity’s reach for the stars.

What are your favorite activities?

My favorite activities are flying, creating art, hiking and backpacking in the wilderness, and being with my family.

My wife and daughter are scientists, and I wish all girls and women are afforded any opportunities to develop and contribute their intellectual talents in the aerospace field.

Of what contribution or achievement are you most proud?

I’m proud of two different aspects of my aerospace career. First, as a US Air Force pilot, I logged over 200 combat reconnaissance missions, collecting vial intelligence which contributed to the fall of communism and the Soviet Union. In contrast, as a NASA space operations engineer, I’m also proud to have served in the development of the International Space Station, working in Russia with our partners in this bold, multi-national experiment.

Who has influenced you?

My influences and inspiration come from caring and supportive parents, teachers, mentors, as well as the great explorers of land, sea, air and space, some of whom I’ve had the honor of meeting and knowing. Knowing Neil Armstrong, among many astronauts and test pilots, is among the greatest influences.

What’s something surprising about you?

When I was 9 years old I was illuminated by the light of a nuclear explosion in space, a test over the Pacific Ocean while on a family vacation in Hawaii. I have flown NASA research aircraft directly through the eye-wall of hurricanes. I climbed the highest mountain in the continental US after artificial hip replacement surgery. Some of my paintings hang in the Pentagon and in the Russian Mission Control Center, Moscow…and my art orbits the Earth, in the form of Space Shuttle mission patches I designed and are displayed on the walls of the International Space Station.

Why are you supporting Girls Taking Up Space?

For too many millennia, women have been marginalized and stereotyped regarding their potential in the STEM subjects. My wife and daughter are scientists, and I wish all girls and women are afforded any opportunities to develop and contribute their intellectual talents in the aerospace field. Attending Space Camp is one of those activities that serves to inspire, motivate, and promote the confidence it takes for girls to pursue these interests.

TFCU Lends a Hand

There’s one thing that continues to amaze us about Tucson, and that is the generosity of our community. Our local credit union, started by a group of teachers in 1937 with $349, is one of our biggest supporters. Their contributions have been critical to our success.

Three years ago, our first group of girls was supported by the Tucson Federal Credit Union, and they did not let us down this year. With a generous donation of $750, we will be taking another group of Pascua Yaqui youth to Space Camp in Huntsville, AL.

Our sincere thank you to, Robyn Austin, Community Relations Manager and Miguel Cruz, Vice President of Brand and Community Engagement. 35151629_10156137477325395_8349225834250240000_n

Thank you TFCU for making Tucson a better place!

 

Optics and LASERS!

We were very fortunate to get a tour of The University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences and DILAS Coherent, a high-power diode laser components and systems company.

We suited up and went inside clean rooms, sat in on optics classes, viewed a large scale mirror, investigated a Halloween “crime scene”, and had an up close view of the production of high powered LASERS worth thousands of dollars.

Our sincere appreciation to Kim Alegria of DILAS Coherent, Dr. Alan Kost – Research Professor,  Dr. Mike Nofziger – OSC Professor,  and Dr. Roland Himmelhuber – Research Scientist and Nanofabrication Manager. 

Thank you!

 

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