Dr. Sian Proctor 

with Estes Education

HubSpot Video


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This session aired at ScIC8 Science is Cool Virtual Unconference on Friday, February 25.

This video will be available for replay until June 1. 


Dr. Sian Proctor kicks the day off sharing her journey to becoming the first black civilian astronaut and mission pilot of the Inspiration4 all civilian mission to space. She is joined by Nicole Bayeur from Estes Rockets to discuss how hands-on STEM education can support a life-long understanding and passion for scientific exploration.


Dr. Sian Proctor Mission Pilot | Inspiration4

Dr. Proctor is a geoscientist, explorer, space artist, and astronaut. She is the mission pilot for the Inspiration4 all-civilian orbital mission to space. She is also one of The Explorer’s Club 50: Fifty People Changing the World. Her motto is called Space2inspire where she encourages people to use their unique, one-of-a-kind strengths, and passion to inspire those within their reach and beyond. She believes that we need to actively strive for a J.E.D.I. space: a just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive space as we advance human spaceflight.

Nicole Bayeur
  Director of Education | Estes Education

Nicole is on a mission to improve science education for youth across the nation. Trained in biology and child psychology, she has a background in teaching elementary school science and 6 years’ experience in the education industry. In addition, she leads teams of educators to a school in Haiti to share science teaching techniques and collaborate on science laboratory programs. Her passion for teaching drives her to lead the education programs at Estes with a vision to empower educators through model rocketry education programs that transform student performance.

Notes and Resources:

Dr. Proctor's Book on Amazon

Dr. Proctor's Patches 

Dr. Proctor's Ted Talks

Follow Dr. Proctor on Twitter

Forces of an Air Rocket in PocketLab Notebook

Does Mass Matter? in PocketLab Notebook

Touchdown! in PocketLab Notebook

Estes Education also has additional interdisciplinary lesson plans:

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