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Feb 1, 2021 @ 18:00

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Meet a DreamUp to Space Team Member: Grace Stumpf, Team Adzuki

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DreamUp to Space is a project that challenges young people to understand and explore the impact that microgravity has on matter. Through a partnership with DreamUp, iLEAD learners in grades 5-12 are inspired to develop the skills and knowledge to design, develop, and propose an experiment that could be run on the International Space Station.

In July of 2020, two teams from iLEAD Schools were selected for flight in the 2020 DreamUp to Space Virtual Mission & Experiment Design Challenge. Currently, learners from across the network were selected and are now collaborating on these two “Launch Teams” — Team Carrot and Team Adzuki — in preparation for a spring launch of their experiments to the International Space Station.

Each learner has unique interests, strengths, and goals to bring to each team. We’d like to introduce you to our team members! Today we’re introducing Grace Stumpf!

Meet Grace Stumpf, Team Adzuki

Grace Stumpf reading booksGrace Stumpf is a 13-year-old 7th grader at iLEAD Exploration. She enjoys reading, science, and the great outdoors. As a member of the iLEAD DreamUp to Space Launch Team Team Adzuki, she will participate in experimentation optimization in preparation for the upcoming spring 2021 launch.

In the future, Grace would like to be an author of literature for children and middle schoolers. Her favorite book is I Am Malala. Other favorites are The Hunger Games, Keeper of the Lost Cities, and Percy Jackson series.

Grace is also a high-level figure skater. Her other hobbies include flying, painting, and researching Greek mythology.

An interesting fact: Grace was born prematurely at 28 weeks, weighing only two pounds and 12 ounces. She spent 69 days in the NICU. The doctors gave her a 50 percent chance of survival.

We had the chance to ask Grace a few questions!

Q&A with Grace

What is the most exciting thing about this opportunity?

“It’s wonderful to know that I may inspire some other little girl or boy out there to reach for the stars, and that to me is out of this world!”

What is your favorite animal and why?

“My favorite animal is most definitely a wombat because they are just so cute and intelligent. (I also find it very funny that they poop cubes.)”

Who do you look up to?

“I look up to all my teachers. My wonderful English teachers, Mrs. Nancy Kaser and Mrs.Chris MacLeith. My extraordinary history teacher, Mrs. Janiene Bishop. My miracle-worker math teacher, Mrs. Kathleen Crady. My exceptional educational facilitator Mrs. Julie Sato. And last but not least, my awesome science teacher, Mrs. Jill. I would like to thank each one of them for inspiring my love of learning. (And let’s not forget my amazing parents, who homeschool me and let me pursue my passions and read to my heart’s content.)

We look forward to introducing more team members to you soon!

Meet DreamUp to Space Team Member Quentin Gauge

iLEAD Exploration learner Quentin Gauge DreamUp

By iLEAD Exploration learners Grace Stumpf & Raegan Brown

DreamUp to Space is a project that challenges young people to understand and explore the impact that microgravity has on matter. Through a partnership with DreamUp, iLEAD learners in grades 5-12 are inspired to develop the skills and knowledge to design, develop, and propose an experiment that could be run on the International Space Station.

In July of 2020, two teams from iLEAD Schools were selected for flight in the 2020 DreamUp to Space Virtual Mission & Experiment Design Challenge. Currently, learners from across the iLEAD Schools’ network were selected and are now collaborating on these two “Launch Teams” — Team Carrot and Team Adzuki — in preparation for a spring launch of their experiments to the International Space Station.

Each learner has unique interests, strengths, and goals to bring to each team. We’d like to introduce you to our team members! Today we’re introducing Quentin Gauge.

Meet Quentin Gauge, Team Adzuki

Quentin Gauge Team AdzukiQuentin Gauge is a 6th grade learner at iLEAD Exploration. He is the principal investigator (a fancy way of saying he had the original experiment idea and proposal) of Team Adzuki. In his spare time, Quentin enjoys building Legos and making stop-motion animations. Quentin also likes to read biographies and autobiographies and is a Harry Potter fan. He likes to cook for his little brother and frequently helps his parents in the kitchen. His favorite food is Mongolian dumplings, because he is half Mongolian and loves to celebrate his culture. We were given the opportunity to ask him a few questions!

Favorite book and why?

“My favorite is the The Trials of Apollo series by Rick Riordan because it is a mythology-based book, and I love how Greek mythology stories show important morals and have fun, exotic stories.”

What do you want to do when you get older? Do you have a dream job?

“I have many interests right now. I could see myself as an astrophysicist and a professor at CalTech. I could become a singer like my grandfather, or a doctor.”

Who do you look up to?

“One person I look up to is my grandpa, who used to be a famous opera singer in Mongolia. I look up to him because I love to sing and because he always helps me and always pushes me to become a good singer.”

How does it feel knowing you are getting an opportunity very few people have ever had: to be part of a team sending an experiment to space?

“I feel extremely lucky to be part of such an incredible opportunity. It is a rare thing for a twelve-year-old to be sending an experiment to the ISS. It is even an unheard of and unimaginable thing to go anywhere in the world, or even to other parts of the United States, and that is why I feel like the luckiest kid in the world.”

We look forward to introducing more team members to you soon!

Meet DreamUp to Space Team Member: Raegan Brown, Team Carrot

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DreamUp to Space is a project that challenges young people to understand and explore the impact that microgravity has on matter. Through a partnership with DreamUp, iLEAD learners in grades 5-12 are inspired to develop the skills and knowledge to design, develop, and propose an experiment that could be run on the International Space Station.

In July of 2020, two teams from iLEAD Schools were selected for flight in the 2020 DreamUp to Space Virtual Mission & Experiment Design Challenge. Currently, learners from across the network are collaborating on these two teams — Team Carrot and Team Adzuki — in preparation for a spring launch of their experiments to the International Space Station.

Each learner has unique interests, strengths, and goals to bring to each team. We’d like to introduce you to our team members! Today we’re introducing Raegan Brown!

Meet Raegan Brown, Team Carrot

DreamUp Raegan BrownA 14-year-old freshman at iLEAD Exploration, Raegan has a passion for everything creative and loves to express herself through graphic design, art, and science. Among her many dreams and aspirations, Raegan would like to get into marketing and graphic design. She’s currently taking AP psychology, and in her spare time she loves to act and participate in theatre. Right now she has an LA agent and has been able to do commercials and audition for popular series and movies for major networks like Netflix, Nickelodeon, ABC, Disney, Warner Bros. Pictures, and Fox. When she gets the chance, Raegan loves to bake snickerdoodles, scones, and anything strawberry flavored!

We had the chance to ask Raegan a few questions!

Q&A with Raegan

How does it feel knowing that you have an opportunity that very few people have — to be part of a team sending an experiment to space?

“It feels great to know that I’m participating in such an amazing production, and I’m ever so grateful to have this opportunity to participate with such an incredible team and talented members.”

What’s a fun fact about you?

“I love everything Marvel! I’ve seen all the movies and television shows, I have merch, and I’ve recently gotten into the comic books!”

In what ways has this experience influenced or inspired you?

“After badging up with the DreamUp to Space program, I now can look at science in a way I’ve never looked at it before: Science is now very fun for me. It used to feel like another chore, and it is now one of my favorite subjects in school.”

We look forward to introducing more team members to you soon!

You’re Invited to Join iLEAD’s Virtual DreamUp to Space Mission!

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Registration is open for iLEAD learners in grades 5-12 for the DreamUp to Space Mission!

Learn more about iLEAD Student Aerospace Projects here!

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