There may not be little green men on Mars, but that that doesn’t mean there’s no such thing as a Martian flying saucer. At least, there will be once NASA finishes work on their “Low Density Supersonic Decelerator,” or LDSD, project.
Get ready, fellas—girls are here to stay in science, technology, engineering and math.
Historically, science has been a very male-dominated field. However, the role of women in STEM has grown exponentially in the last few years. We are no longer restricted to being nurses or biologists—we have all corners of the STEM world open to us, from mathematics to neuroscience, and engineering to zoology. But we still have a way to go. So, the real question here is: How can we get more girls interested in STEM and keep them passionate over time?
Most scientific institutions try to educate the public in two ways: in overwritten jargon that no one understands, or with poorly-crafted visuals that no one understands. Not so at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the NASA outpost in Pasadena, California, that handles the Mars Rover missions, among others. According to this excellent article by Holly Willis at AIGA's Voice, JPL is making a connection with science enthusiasts thanks to Dan Goods, a graphic designer by training who uses data visualizations and large scale installations to help explain ungraspable facts and figures to the general public.