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Nov 16, 2020 2020-11-16

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AR App Highlighting Women’s Impact in STEM Fields

Reach Across the Stars, an augmented reality (AR) app for iOS and Android, by the Smithsonian Institution, introduces students to female luminaries in the fields of astrophysics, chemistry, and more. Through videos, audio interviews, and AR experiences, students learn about Hidden Figures mathematician Katherine Johnson, aviator Bessie Coleman, physicist and chemist Marie Curie, astronauts Mae Jemison and Cady Coleman, and many others. The roster, which is updated regularly, has expanded to include Christina Hernandez, a systems engineer at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, who worked on the Perseverance rover that recently blasted off for Mars. (Students can explore the rover and its instruments in AR.) The app presents its roster of scientists as constellations—truly putting these heroes among the stars. Cost: Free

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