Brown STEM Girl: 12-year-old heading to college, plans to work for NASA

By: Alyssa Wilson

Alena Wicker is reaching for the stars and beyond them. The 12-year-old from Arizona is set to attend college and she wants to work for NASA after graduation. 

Wicker, who is homeschooled, graduated from high school and is on her way to Arizona State University in the summer, according to WDBJ7.  

“I just had a goal that I wanted to get it,” she said. “I always dreamed of being an engineer because, through my life, I liked building.” 

Wicker will pick up a double major in Astronomical & Planetary Science and Chemistry. 

With college graduation on the horizon by the time she turns 16, Wicker wants to build rovers for NASA like the one that landed on Mars recently. 

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 “It doesn’t matter what your age is or what you’re planning to do. Go for it, dream, then accomplish it,” she said.

Wicker started a brand called Brown STEM Girl and she plans to release a podcast. 

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