Jasper: Girls in STEM


Jasper: Girls in STEM (2.16 mins)

Hi, I’m Jasper and I’m on a critical mission. Do you want to join me? First, let me tell you a bit about me… I’ve wanted to be able to fly for as long as I can remember. As a kid, I studied the birds soaring overhead. My dreams were filled with clouds, paper aeroplanes and ingenious flying machines. By the time I was 12, I’d decided I wanted to be an astronaut. I buried my head in books about space and was desperate to get up there and explore the unknown. Science was always my favourite subject at school and luckily I had an awesome Physics teacher, Mr Tilley. He saw my passion and potential and continued to motivate me with his inspirational lessons. He was in the Army Reserves and encouraged me to achieve my dream to fly. Reaching my goal wasn't always smooth flying… there were times when I struggled with confidence and doubted my ability to pass exams and get through courses. But my parents told me: “If you work for it, you can get there” so I kept my eyes on the target and I worked really, really hard. I’ll never forget the first time I flew for real. I was so nervous, I had butterflies flying their own frenzied path in my stomach, but once I took off, it was the greatest feeling in the world. I was up in the clouds above the birds where I belonged. I knew right then that this was what I was meant to do.

Publish Date 19 Nov 2018
Tags V20180622
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