NASA Fellow to Speak at Annual Pasadena ISD STEM Fair on Friday

NASA Fellow to Speak at Annual Pasadena ISD STEM Fair on Friday
Posted on 01/19/2016
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Last year's Best of Show winner, Bondy Intermediate student Anas Arrakkal, posed with his winning science fair project “Fuel for the Future”.


RobinsonJendai Robinson will speak at the annual Pasadena ISD secondary STEM fair on Friday. 

Jendai Robinson, a NASA Harriet G. Jenkins Fellow and chemistry Ph.D. student, will speak at the annual Pasadena ISD secondary STEM fair at Friday at 5:30 p.m. at San Jacinto College South.

Robinson, in partnership with Chevron and JASON Learning, will speak to intermediate and high school students about the importance of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and why she chose a career in the field of science. She'll participate in STEM fair activities that night.

“The focus of her presentation to our students will be to share how and why she became interested in science, share a bit about what her STEM path has looked like, encourage the students to pursue a career in STEM and answer any questions the students may have for her,” said Holly Yoes, instructional specialist for intermediate science. “This is a great opportunity for our students to learn and teachers to show the students the outcome of what their hard work can achieve.”

Robinson is currently studying the fabrication and characterization of plasmonic and electrochemical biosensors with Dr. Laura Sagle and Dr./ Jessica Koehne in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cincinnati Center for Nanotechnology at the NASA Ames Research Center. This high-level research can be applied to medical diagnostics as well as astronaut health and environmental monitoring.

The STEM fair will open to the public at 4 p.m. with an expo in the atrium, followed by a reception and Robinson’s presentation.

Medals will be awarded to students for first, second and third place in the ten categories. Overall winners will also be awarded trophies for best of show, second best of show, third best of show, best experimental design, best real-world application and most creative.

Students with the highest scores will advance to the Science and Engineering Fair of Houston at the University of Houston Alumni Center on Feb. 26.