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.*)
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.
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 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.
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!
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!
Would you or some special girl in your life like to own aspiring astronaut Luciana Vega, the American Girl 2018 “Doll of the Year” and all of her gear pictured here?
Space Hipsters is raffling Luciana and her collection, retail value $300, in cooperation with Taking Up Space. Tickets are $10 each for the first ticket and $5 for each additional ticket bought at the same time. So, for instance, $20 will get you three chances to win.
The drawing will be held on March 6th and broadcast from Tucson at the La Cocina Fundrasier as a “Facebook live” event.
Be sure and tell us in the ‘Add a note’ section of your purchase who the ticket(s) is for if it’s not the same as the name of the PayPal account owner (you might, for instance, want to buy tickets for three granddaughters & put each of their names on a ticket). Within 36 hours of your purchase you will receive an email with your ticket number on it. Hold on to that e-mail!
Good luck, everyone! Tickets on sale now until March 4th.
Space Hipsters has purchased this collection out of profits from Patch sales. Half of the first $600 collected will go to reimburse the account. So, for instance, if we only sell $200 worth of tickets, SH will get $100 and Taking Up Space will get $100. After $600, Taking Up Space will get 100% percent of monies collected. Space Hipsters will pay worldwide shipping and insurance costs to get Luciana to the winner. Any customs fees will be the responsibility of the winner.
Who: Pascua Yaqui classical guitarist Gabriel Ayala, space expert Francis French, art by IAAA, with Emmy award winning MC Geoffrey Notkin
What: Fundraiser with Pascua Yaqui guitarist Gabriel Ayala
Where: La Cocina 201 N Court Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701
When: March 6, 2018, anytime between 5PM – 10PM
About: Gabriele Ayala
A member of the Yaqui people of southern Arizona, Gabriel Ayala(Guitarist) is at the forefront of a new generation of Native Americans making a career performing classical music. He earned a Master’s Degree in Music Performance from the University of Arizona in 1997, has taught at all educational levels from elementary through college, and serves as a competition adjudicator. Although Gabriel truly enjoys being a teacher his busy touring schedule allows him to only teach in masterclass settings.
Emmy Award-winning television host and producer Geoff Notkin starred in three seasons of the cult television adventure series Meteorite Men for Science Channel and two seasons of the educational seriesSTEM Journals for Cox Media. He has also appeared in shows for Discovery, NASA EDGE, TLC, PBS, A&E, National Geographic Channel, History Channel, Travel Channel, and the BBC. He is a science writer, meteorite specialist, photographer, world traveler, and president of Aerolite Meteorites Inc, the world’s largest meteorite company.
Presenting: The Fly In the Ointment
What do you do when you are the only person in a situation who knows you have the solution, but the ‘experts’ are saying something else? In 1961, NASA was told it had to land humans on the moon by the end of the decade, but one engineer soon realized – NASA was going about it the wrong way. John Houbolt had a plan that would save precious years, and billions of dollars. So, risking his career, he went over their heads. Did he succeed? Francis French, author and Director of Education at the San Diego Air & Space Museum, will discuss that moment many of us face in our careers – when we need to be bold, and fearless, and inspired to follow the right path.