U.S. NASA Engineer Inspires Pakistani Youth to Study Science and Technology

Islamabad | May 22, 2014

Zainab Nagin Ahmed-Cox, a U.S. National Aeronautical Space Administration (NASA) engineer who works on the Mars Curiosity Rover project, met with approximately 120 English Access Micro scholarship students on May 21 at National University of Modern Languages (NUML). The Access students presented their original science projects on space exploration. Their projects included star gazing and searching for new planets, a remote-controlled rover, and skits acting out how it would be to land on an unknown planet and begin to learn about its resources.

Nagin spoke to the students about how American NASA scientists and engineers work together with counterparts from around the world to prepare for and carry out space exploration programs. She encouraged Pakistani Access students to continue to excel in their studies and closed her remarks by reminding them that, “When we see planet Earth from space, there are no borders; there are no nations. We are all looking up at the same stars; we are all under the same sky; we are all one people. And space exploration is one of the ways that we can work together as part of the same team of men and women to solve problems on our planet.”

The participating female and male students were from Access programs in Islamabad, Rawalpindi, and Muzaffarabad. The implementing partners of the three participating programs are NUML, READ Foundation, and Society of International Education. The Access Program is an after-school two-year intensive English language program for underprivileged teenagers sponsored by the United States in 87 countries around the world.