Science Super Heroes
In celebration of Science Channel’s 20th Anniversary we will be launching Science Super Heroes, crowning individuals each month who have used science to make a difference in their community. We at Science Channel know science is everywhere and used everyday. It’s in the DNA for progress and possibility. Through Science Super Heroes we are committed to igniting passion for science and encouraging the next generation of innovators, problem solvers and game changers.
Super Heroes will be honored both on air and online the first Thursday of every month!
This Month’s Winners
Ashlie Blackstone Smith
Ashlie Smith instructs physical science at Cranbrook Kingswood Middle School for Girls located in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. An early adopter of educational technology and facilitative learning, Smith counts “flipping her classroom” as one of her top achievements. For this effort, she was recognized by TechSmith Corporation as Screencast Champion and awarded the honor of “exemplary teacher” by the Cranbrook Educational Community. Smith uses space science to encourage her students to dream big and cites inspiring young girls to develop an interest in STEM and consider STEM careers as driving passions. In 2016, Smith was honored to present a TEDx talk titled “Inspiring the Astronauts of Tomorrow.” She was the recipient of the 2017 Alan Shepard Technology in Education Award presented by NASA, Astronaut Memorial Foundation, and Space Foundation. In addition to instruction, Smith chairs an innovation committee charged with furthering a relationship between Cranbrook and the MIT Edgerton Center.
Dwight Lee Bates PE is an Engineer with 44 years experience in the Aviation, Shipbuilding and Automotive fields and 200 awards. His current project is as an Engineering Fellow in the South Central Washington STEM Network. He goes to schools helping the students to do STEM Engineering projects he developed. He flies kids in a light airplane to convince them in becoming Engineers and pilots. He wrote and published his own book for the students entitled; “Due Diligence – Memoirs of the Life of An Engineer and Outdoorsman.” Lee was a Material Review Board Liaison Engineer in the Boeing factories designing, building and repairing Boeing jetliners from the 747 to the 787. He was an expert Engineer GS 13 overhauling US Navy ships for the US Department of Defense. He is a Licensed Mechanical Engineer, a Private Pilot, BSME and MBA Degrees. He built and flew his own Light Sport Aircraft.
Prior to founding V-Sense Medical Devices, Inc. in 2015, Mr. Nosanov led multiple project and proposal management activities at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laborator. He managed projects ranging from technology development to mission design, and led proposal efforts between $50,000 and $500,000,000. He has represented federal labs before NASA, DARPA and other agencies, and has represented a NASA program at the United Nations in Vienna, Austria. He has led several previous business endeavors ranging from IT services to aerospace industry consulting.
Mr. Nosanov earned a J.D. and became the first person in the United States to earn an LL.M. degree in space and telecommunications law. He has also been selected for the prestigious NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts three times, leading advanced space mission and technology design projects. His volunteer activities are highlighted by frequent visits to primary schools to talk with children about space exploration, science, and technology. Additionally, he is a frequent writer on Quora.com and top writer in the space area for the last few years with about 400,000 answer views, and published in Forbes.
With a continued dedication to promoting science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education to students everywhere, Discovery Communications partners with nonprofit US2020, which seeks to to dramatically scale the number of STEM professionals mentoring and teaching students through hands-on projects, with a focus on girls and underrepresented minorities.
Girls Inc. inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold, providing girls across the U.S. and Canada with life-changing experiences and solutions to the unique challenges they face. The Girls Inc. Experience consists of people, an environment, and programming that, together, empower girls to succeed. Trained staff and volunteers build lasting, mentoring relationships in girls-only spaces that are physically and emotionally safe and where girls find a sisterhood of support with shared drive, mutual respect, and high expectations. Hands-on, research-based programs provide girls with the skills and knowledge to set goals, overcome obstacles, and improve academic performance. Informed by girls and their families, Girls Inc. also works with policymakers to advocate for legislation and initiatives that increase opportunities for girls. At Girls Inc., girls grow up healthy, educated, and independent.
AAAS is the world’s largest multidisciplinary scientific society and a leading publisher of cutting-edge research through its Science family of journals, AAAS has individual members in more than 91 countries around the globe. Membership is open to anyone who shares our goals and belief that science, technology, engineering, and mathematics can help solve many of the challenges the world faces today. You can lend your support to our efforts on behalf of scientists, engineers, educators, and students everywhere by becoming a member. Together we can make a difference: Join Us.
Iridescent’s mission is to create and deliver powerful science, engineering and technology education to help underprivileged children and youth develop: Curiosity to learn how things around us work; Creativity to try new ideas; Perseverance to keep improving and developing their ideas. We are an education non-profit that trains professional engineers, scientists, and parents to deliver cutting-edge STEM education to underserved girls, children and their families. Over the past seven years, we’ve trained more than 3,500 mentors and engaged more than 60,000 participants in our programs.
DIY (“Do-It-Yourself”) Girls’ mission is to increase girls’ interest and success in technology, engineering and making through innovative educational experiences and mentor relationships. We’re a supportive community for girls driven by an interest in creating and building with technology. DIY Girls uses a three-pronged program approach that integrates engagement, capacity building, and continuity to ensure girls’ success. We offer after-school and in-school programs, as well as workshops that provide hands-on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) experiences for girls. Girls learn technical skills and apply them by creating their own creative projects and inventions. DIY Girls has reached over 1200 girls in Los Angeles since 2012.
Mouse is a national youth development nonprofit that believes in technology as a force for good. Mouse empowers all students to create with technology to solve real problems and make meaningful change in our world. Mouse is committed to creating more diversity in STEM and opening opportunities for students from underserved communities across the country.