In 2011, Dr. McPhee created an unprecedented and highly-successful strategy to engage young people world-wide in the scientific activities of the 18th Humans in Space Symposium of the International Academy of Astronautics, which I co-chaired: a global student art contest. Under her direction, the impact and value of the mixed-media Opening Ceremony of artwork displays and a live performance was magnified and reinforced throughout our week-long conference. Her work was collaborative, creative and reliable, and we still display the youth artwork at space events and in our hallways today.
-- John Charles, Chief Scientist, Human Research Program, NASA Johnson Space Center
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…the biggest thing for me was the feeling of connectedness to a community of people who care about human space exploration. As a young high school student in Australia, it felt like a big deal to be involved in something in America…Because at that age I didn't know anything very specific or technical about space science, it was really cool that that feeling of being connected came from art, which is much more accessible.
-- Nina Hooper, Participant (Australia), Humans in Space Art – Youth Competition
To receive something, you have to give something. When I got to know of the Humans In Space Youth Art Competition, I gave my words life to make them into a story...I gave my imagination and my very best – and I received the greatest gift of them all – an experience. …Astronauts, rocket scientists, researchers – I met with people who had literally touched the sky, but still had their feet planted firmly on the ground…The winners in junior and senior sections of other categories became instant friends – and their friendship is something I cherish even today. …This experience helped me to realise that words coming from the pen of a normal girl can take you places, literally and metaphorically. It boosted my self-confidence; it encouraged me to give more time to my writing.. …It was, all in all, an unforgettable and unparalleled memory.
-- Arundhati Chowdhury, Participant (India), Humans in Space Art – Youth Competition