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/u/ty_lin on I am Jeff Hoffman, MIT Professor of Aerospace Engineering and former NASA Astronaut. Ask Me Anything!

5 Mar 2015, 04:26 UTC
/u/ty_lin on I am Jeff Hoffman, MIT Professor of Aerospace Engineering and former NASA Astronaut. Ask Me Anything!
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I think one of the most important thing you can teach her is to teach her the correct attitude towards subjects such as math and science. Unfortunately, too many girls tends to shy away from those subject as they get into middle/high school, afraid of standing out or being call names. So I'd say first and foremost is to teach her not to be afraid of those subjects and shy away from them too easily. I know I'm beating a dead horse, but I can't stress that enough. I'd maybe recommend starting from subjects such as Astronomy, learning about the history of the space race, pointing out things that are related to space applications (GPS, weather satellite etc...). Wikipedia is better your best friend, as well as local library. I think the important thing is to keep her interest high. Expose her to programming is not a bad idea, Google is actually trying to teach girls how to code. Now, while coding might not be what she wants to do in the future, but coding is a very good way to practice logic and improve ways of thinking. Whatever you do, don't tell her that she can't do it or ...

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