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Astronaut Michael Barratt chats with participants in the Michael P. Anderson Memorial Aerospace Program's day-long event at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Wash. on Feb. 4, 2017. Funded in part by Alaska Airlines, the program enables underserved children in grades 6-8 to learn about careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and participate in the museumÕs educational flight and aerospace programs.

Sara Zaki used to think she’d like to be a doctor when she grows up. That was before she spent three formative middle school years as a Michael P. Anderson Memorial Aerospace Program scholar. Today? The 17-year-old Running Start student plans to be a pilot. An African-American female pilot, to be precise. Because “you just don’t hear about a lot of those.” Zaki spent three years in the program, which was created… Read More