“I’m ready. I’m gonna be the best I could be, and I’m gonna be strong.”
Support Saydee by helping her get to Space Camp!
Saydee is an 11 year old from the Pascua Yaqui tribe. Her dream is to become an astronaut. With your donation she will be going to Space Camp Mach II where she will learn how to fly an airplane! We are very proud of Saydee and think you will be too. Please help her get to Space Camp.
We asked our major donors to answer a few quick questions about themselves.
“The experiences that girls will have from Taking Up Space will certainly put them ahead growing up!“
How would someone describe you?
I’d say that most people would describe me as a devoted fan of
aviation in all its forms, with an incurable passion for anything that
flies. I have been involved in flying all the way up from model
airplanes, through private planes, to jet fighters and flight test, all
the way to commanding 4 missions on the Space Shuttle.
What are your favorite activities?
My favorite activities are mostly concerned with aviation pursuits.
It wasn’t simply a career; it was a total involvement with flight, and
the science of flight as well. I build and fly radio-controlled jet
models, and I have learned tremendously about aerodynamics and
engineering from this pursuit. Aeronautical Engineering has been another
passion of mine. It came about as a direct result of my involvement
with aviation and space.
“We need to be providing young girls with role models as well and inspiring them.”
Of what contribution or achievement are you most proud?
I’ve had more proud moments than I ever deserved. I’m probably most
proud that my mother and father were present for some of my biggest
achievements like college graduation, Test Pilot School graduation, and
my Space Shuttle missions, and the fact that they were proud of me.
Who has influenced you?
My father, Paul Gibson was the biggest influence on my life. He was an Aeronautical Engineer and a Test Pilot, and I knew from the time I was 10 years old that I wanted to be like him. That was why I wanted to enter Engineering as well as the U. S. Navy to be a fighter pilot. My dad was the person that taught me how to fly, and I feel like I owe all my success to his teaching and his influence. We need to be providing young girls with role models as well and inspiring them.
What’s surprising about you?
I think most people who know me today would be surprised to learn that I was a fairly shy person growing up. It was only after I was put in positions of leadership, and having so many opportunities to speak to crowds of people, that I overcame my shyness. The experiences that girls will have from Taking Up Space will certainly put them ahead growing up!
Why are you supporting Girls Taking Up Space?
I have been proud to contribute to this most worthwhile cause of sparking an interest in science, aviation, and space in young girls, because it is so important to motivate the next generation of women to enter careers in scientific and technical fields. Aviation and space have always been a big inspiration for young people. We need to ensure that this interest is encouraged!
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.
We have a month to raise $6,500! That’s a lot of money and we thought we’d give you a little incentive. (Yes, more of an incentive than knowing you’re helping a young deserving human being!) If you donate between June 22, 2019 – August 1, 2019, you’ll be in the drawing to win one of these awesome items:
Donations Under $50
Win a Pewter Shuttle pin with a genuine mini Sikhote-Alin meteorite and Remove Before Flight key chain.
$50 and over
Women of NASA
“Explore the professions of some of the groundbreaking women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) with the LEGO® Ideas Women of NASA set. It features minifigures of 4 pioneering women of NASA— astronomer and educator Nancy Grace Roman, computer scientist and entrepreneur Margaret Hamilton, astronaut, physicist and entrepreneur Sally Ride and astronaut, physician and engineer Mae Jemison—and 3 builds illustrating their areas of expertise. Role-play space exploration from planning to moon landing, beginning with the iconic scene from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1969 of Hamilton with software that she and her team programmed. Build the poseable Hubble Space Telescope and launch a LEGO version of the Space Shuttle Challenger with 3 removable rocket stages. The set also includes a booklet about the 4 featured women of NASA, and the fan creator and LEGO designers of this fun and educational set.”
Xtronaut: The Game of Solar System Exploration
Have fun learning about rockets and space missions, real science
Good Housekeeping Award winner, from team that won Mensa select winner 2018
Designed by professor leading NASA OSIRIS-REx space mission to an asteroid
Great for 2-4 players, ages 7 +, includes workbook about space missions
$100 and over
Astronaut Robert “Hoot” Gibson Grumman F-14A Signed Aircraft PrintLimited Edition Aircraft Profile 11”h x 17”w print exclusively for the National Aviation Hall of Fame in Dayton, Ohio. Autographed by Capt. Robert “Hoot” Gibson. The Print is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity and measures, 11”h x 17”w.
$500 or Over
Signed by Apollo Astronaut, Al Worden, Fly Me to the Moon DVD, plus a signed copy of the first Native American in Space, John Herrington’s children’s book Mission to Space.
We started off in 2017 with cute little girls leaving the Reservation and flying on a plane for the first time. Their excitement was palpable. They were so nervous to leave their families and fly across the country, but they did it. They successfully graduated from Space Camp!
Three years later they’ve matured into young women going to high school and junior high. Only an unimaginable 1% of Native American students complete a math course as high school freshman. With a lump in my throat, we can say Saydee will be part of that 1%! Why? Because she wants to be an astronaut and knows she needs to do well in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). That’s all because she went to Space Camp.
That is the importance of this program. Giving these kids a fighting chance to finish high school, and maybe just maybe, finishing University. We know these kids have the confidence and foundation to do anything.
Let’s give these kids opportunities to pursue what ever they desire. At the very least, we can support them, and help to inspire big dreams.
We would love to send more kids this year, however, we can’t go to Space Camp without your donation! It’s very expensive to fly from Tucson to Huntsville, and Space Camp registration is not cheap. We have to raise $6,500 before August. Please help!
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.
Our appreciation to the Poor family for giving us the opportunity to attend Spacefest IX. It’s wonderful to see so much artistic talent and to learn about the history and future of space exploration. Thank you to the Spacefest organizers for a wonderful event!
Sole was honored to be invited to give a speech at the Spacefest IX banquet dinner. She was prepared and ready.
As the saying goes, “It takes team work to make dreams work.” We are grateful to the Space Hipster community for helping us reach our goals. Our gratitude to the Pascua Yaqui community. Thank you all for your support!