Soaring Newswire August 21, 2017

Soaring Newswire August 21, 2017

Cairns Creates Aviation Inspiration
The Women in Aviation/Aerospace Australia Organization held an outreach event on behalf of Dreams Soar in Cairns, Australia on August 10. Due to weather delays, Shaesta was unable to attend the event. However, that did not stop the Dreams Soar mission from inspiring others. In Shaesta’s absence, more than 50 female students and parents enjoyed our video production featuring Shaesta’s story and efforts related to STEM and aviation careers. Speakers included Kate McCreery Carr, Chief Operating Officer of Cairns Airport, and Captain Andre Tame, E190 Check and Training Captain from Virgin Australia Airlines.

Hands on activities combined with an interactive tour of the Hawker-Pacific maintenance hangar was hosted by female maintenance engineer, Emma Mahoney, as well as a tour of the AirServices Aviation Rescue facilities led by the rescue team.

Special thank you to our partners for this event, Virgin Australia Airlines, Hawker-Pacific, the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority, Cairns Airport, Aviation Australia, Cairns Aviation Skills Centre and AirServices Australia.

“Without this mission we wouldn’t have been inspired to hold this event for the STEM students who were very inspired, and we as a group look forward to doing more together in the future!” – Tamara Bell, Executive Director of Women in Aviation/Aerospace Australia

Dream Team Continues to Grow – Welcome Gina Brazao
A rising star and leader competing in her fourth year with the Miss America Organization, we are thrilled to have Gina on our team to support media production needs, STEM content and outreach efforts as we explore opportunities post global flight. Gina, third runner up in the Miss Massachusetts Pageant, and current title holder as Miss South Shore, devotes her platform to SHINE: Empowering Girls through STEM. Why this platform? Gina shares:

“Women are not always readily acknowledged in STEM. Women need more recognition in STEM fields to show young girls that they can successfully work in these areas. I chose my platform because I loved what the SHINE organization was doing in Boston. The leaders at SHINE use a kinesthetic learning program that allows young girls to find their potential in a STEM field while combining difficult curriculum with dance and movement to better understand concepts. The girls are learning while having fun which is something I found to be incredibly unique.”

Welcome to the Dream Team, Gina!

Check out this inspiring video about the Dreams Soar mission, produced by the U.S. Embassy Singapore!
We Just Crossed A Line!
Incoming global flight details! Enroute from Singapore to Bali, Shaesta crossed the Equator into the southern hemisphere! We are incredibly proud of Shaesta and all her accomplishments thus far and can’t wait to see what the future holds. Keep checking back for more updates on our outreach events and the global flight!
Dreams Soar Gives Thanks to Egypt!
Jessica Ortega, Dream Team member, leads the team showcasing our gratitude to Cairo for a warm welcome and successful outreach mission!
Kim Kissh, Dream Team member, leads the team showcasing our gratitude to our Dubai family, and those who made this extended trip and surprise to Shaesta extra special!
VIVA Energy Propels Empowerment
Who can Dreams Soar rely on to supply fuel and oil during Shaesta’s stay “down under?” We would like to thank VIVA Energy’s aviation division for all our fueling and lubricants needs in Australia. Here’s why they support Dreams Soar:

“Viva Energy, the only local manufacturer of Avgas in Australia, is proud to supply the aviation fuel for the Australian legs of Shaesta’s Dreams Soar: Global Solo Flight. We wish Shaesta every success in her journey and in inspiring other girls to follow her into a science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) career.”

Thank you Viva Energy team for making dreams soar!

Women in STEM Feature
Professor Elizabeth “Liz” Harry is an Australian microbiologist. She obtained her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Sydney and later went to Harvard University as a U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH, USA) Postdoctoral Fellow. During her time at Harvard, she pioneered developments that enhanced the visibility of sub-cellular proteins inside bacterial cells.

Professor Harry has been placed in a position as the Associate Professor at the ithree institute, formally known as the Institute for Biotechnology of Infectious Diseases. Her main duty was to build a team of bacterial biologists to further the research they performed. She was promoted to Professor of Biology in 2010, and has played a leading role in the recruitment of several eminent Australian and international researchers to the institute.

Dreams Soar Gives Thanks to Bali
Dreams Soar would like to thank the following groups and organizations for providing support during Shaesta’s stay in Bali:
Fuel – Pertamina
Airport Fees – Angkasa Pura 
Ground Handling – Sari Rahavu Biomantara
Routing – AirNav Indonesia
Hotel – Directorate of General Civil Aviation
Daily Dose of STEM
The National Flight Academy at Pensacola’s National Naval Aviation Museum celebrated its 10,000th student on Wednesday, August 16. Opened in 2012, this unique academy is a mock aircraft carrier in which students live on and participate in various activities. In teams, students use flight simulators and other technology to solve aviation-related problems from flight instructors during weekly camps.

Read more about it here!

Did You Know?
We would like to thank all of our donors for their commitment to our cause! Here’s what they had to say about Dreams Soar recently:

 Leslie Nixon
“Girls rock! And Fly!”

Michael Friese
“I’m very proud of Shaesta. She came from humble beginnings, but didn’t let that stop her from achieving her goals. It is a testament to her character as a human being, her desire to help others achieve their dreams/goals. I have always been a supporter of STEM. I’m a firm believer that the future of the human race is in the exploration and utilization of space. Only through the encouragement of our young adults to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math will the human race continue to prosper in the future.”

Shaesta pictured with recurrent donor Michael Friese.
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