We hope you enjoy this video from NASA, the 2016 EWeek Tribute from the US Crew of the International Space Station.
Through hands-on problem solving and encounters with women role models in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), Tech Trek helps girls see their futures while having nonstop fun. Since 1998, AAUW has helped change girls’ lives through Tech Trek, an experiential summer camp backed by research and designed to make STEM exciting and accessible to girls in middle school — the age when research shows girls’ participation in these fields drops. In 2015 and 2016, The Engineers’ Council, in partnership with the AAUW San Fernando Chapter, began sponsoring a place for one middle school girl from the San Fernando Valley to participate in this wonderful experience.
Robert L. Crippen (Captain, USN, retired) was the pilot of the first orbital test flight of the Shuttle Program (STS-1, April 12-14, 1981) and was the commander of three additional shuttle flights: STS-7, June 18-24, 1983; STS-41C, April 6-13, 1984; and STS-41G, October 6-13, 1984.
He served as Deputy Director – Shuttle Operations, Director – Space Shuttle, Director of NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center, Vice President – Lockheed Martin Information Systems, and President of Thiokol Propulsion.
His accomplishments have earned him many notable awards: the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, the Department of Defense Distinguished Service Award, the American Astronautical Society of Flight Achievement Award, the National Geographic Society’s Gardiner Greene Hubbard Medal and induction into the Aviation Hall of Fame among several others.
On April 6, 2006, he received the Congressional Space Medal of Honor, the highest award for spaceflight achievement.