Call to Action – STEM Project

Several NASA retirees, Rita Willcoxon, Roselle Hanson, Maria Lopez-Tellado, Ruth Gardner, and Angie Brewer have started a STEM mentoring program in Brevard County. The name of the program is Launch STEM Careers. The program is focused on girls in grades 4- 8 in primarily Title I Schools, schools with high percentage of low-income families. The purpose of the program is to engage the girls in project-like hands on activities to give them a better understanding of Science Technology, Engineering and Math career fields and to show them how much fun it can be to work in these fields. The type of activities include building and launching foam rockets, and much more.

Below is the integrated schedule for all the schools from January through May. As the program is growing there is a need for more volunteer mentors, women or men. Although the program is for girls we have had men mentors that really enjoy the program. We typically need 10 volunteers for each visit to schools. The time commitment for each visit is about 3 hours on Wednesdays, school early release day. You will be provided a lesson plan prior to the school visit. You read the lesson plan and attend the 2- hour event with the girls. All supplies are provided. You just show up and have fun with the girls.

We hope you will consider joining us for this very meaningful opportunity to give back to the community. Being a volunteer mentor is a lot of fun and a very rewarding experience for both the girls and the mentors. Those who have volunteered in the past tell me that the girls inspire them and help them to remember why they got into their career field. To volunteer send an email to Joette Feeney, at with the date(s) you can volunteer. If you can’t commit to a date right now and want to be added to the Launch STEM Careers distribution list, please let Joette know and she will get you added to the distribution.
If you would like additional information on the program you can contact, Joette, or Rita Willcoxon at, Roselle Hanson at, or Maria Lopez-Tellado at

Here is the calendar for next year for the STEM project from January to May. We still need your assistance. Find a school convenient to you. Please check with your supervisor to make sure you are approved to do this worthwhile project. Get involved this year!!!

School Jan Feb Mar Apr May Time
Harbor City Elementary,

1377 Sarno Rd, Melbourne FL

24 21 16 All dates, 10:00 – 12:00
Westside Elementary ,

2175 Degroodt Rd, SW, Palm Bay, FL

24 21 2 All dates, 1:30 -3:31
Cambridge Elementary,

2000 Cambridge Dr, Cocoa, FL

10 7 7 11 9 All dates, 1:30 -3:32
University Park Elementary,

500 W University Blvd, Melbourne, FL

17 14 14 All dates, 1:30 -3:33
Sabal Elementary

1401 N. Wickham Rd, Melbourne, FL

17 21 28 All dates, 1:30 -3:34
DeLaura Middle School

300 Jackson Ave, Satellite Beach, FL

21 14 All dates, 3:15-5:15
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