We look at science as something very elite, which only a few people can learn. That’s just not true. You just have to start early and give kids a foundation. Kids live up, or down, to expectations.
I went to school at night in L.A. to brush up on my engineering while I applied to the astronaut program. I really did not know if I would get in. It was the year after the Challenger accident in 1987. – Mae Jemison
Everyone in the astronaut program has a degree in a science field. The crew are the ones who do the experiments, help to design some of the experiments that come from other primary researchers. So it becomes very important that you have a science background. – Mae Jemison
In fourth grade, I was interested in all areas of science. I particularly loved learning about how the earth was created. – Mae Jemison
I think science fiction helps us think about possibilities, to speculate – it helps us look at our society from a different perspective. It lets us look at our mores, using science as the backdrop, as the game changer. – Mae Jemison
The difference between science and the arts is not that they are different sides of the same coin even, or even different parts of the same continuum, but rather, they are manifestations of the same thing. The arts and sciences are avatars of human creativity. – Mae Jemison
Science provides an understanding of a universal experience. Arts provide a universal understanding of a personal experience. – Mae Jemison
I was a science fiction geek. That lets you know that they come in all sizes and styles, right? – Mae Jemison