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STEM Super Hero – Maggie Aderin-Pocock

STEM Super Hero

Hello families! It is the last Friday of the month again and that means it’s time to introduce you to another STEM Super Hero, Maggie Aderin-Pocock! We love our STEM Super Hero series because it gives us the chance to talk about some incredible individuals. These heroes use their superpowers to make a difference in the world.

We encourage you to share these STEM Super Hero stories with you children.  We want to inspire children to one day make a difference in the world of STEM as well.

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Maggie Aderin-Pocock

Today’s STEM Super Hero has made some incredible achievements in the field of science. Her name is Maggie Aderin-Pocock. She is a British scientist and also a science educator.

Aderin-Pocock is an Honorary Research Associate in the University College London’s Department of Physics and Astronomy. Currently she co-hosts an astronomy TV show called “The Sky at Night”. She’s been co-hosting the show since early  2014.

As a child Aderin-Pocock grew up having dyslexia. A former teacher once told her at a young age that she shouldn’t become an astronaut, she should try nursing instead. Maggie was able to push through the negativity and didn’t let her dyslexia get in her way. She went on to gain her A-Levels in chemistry, biology, physics and maths.

Superpowers 

Aderin-Pocock’s superpower is her spirit and determination to overcome any obstacle to inspire children to pursue careers in science.

Aderin-Pocock founded “Tours of the Universe”. It was created in an attempt to engage children as well as adults to develop a passion for the wonders of space.

Our super Hero is passionate about her goal to inspire new generations of astronauts, scientists and engineers. She has reached out to talk to over 25,000 children. Her main focus is children in inner cities, where she strongly believes and teaches them that anything is possible. Inner-city children should not to listen to stereotypes. If they put their mind to it, they can do anything.

It’s incredible how these stories can show us that nothing is impossible as long as you dedicate yourself. Be sure to share these stories with your children so they can truly learn about real life superheroes. If you want your child to one day be able to make a difference in the STEM field, get them started today by signing them up to STEM Camp 2019.