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Red River Heritage Fair
My project is about Roberta Bondar’s life, travels, accomplishments, and her contributions to the world. She paved the way for future research, scientists, and astronauts. She is an inspiration to all women and girls to pursue their dreams. While researching this project, I was inspired to both compose and sing a song about Roberta Bondar with the help of my cousin, Nic Nieves.
What was the most interesting thing you learned about your topic?
The most interesting thing I learned about Roberta Bondar was that she was invited to go aboard Russia’s Mir Space Station, but she said no because she felt like she was only invited because she was a woman. And it was a big opportunity for her. Another interesting thing about her is that she had so many careers in her lifetime. At age 72, she continues her photography and educates people all over the world.
What important lessons have you learned that you want to share with other Canadians?
I learned many things from researching Roberta Bondar. I learned that girls can do anything they put their mind to. I learned that if you have passion for something, you should work hard for it. After doing this project, I felt proud and motivated because I was informing people about a woman who accomplished so much in her life time. And maybe another Canadian will be inspired to be the first person on Mars or another planet. Anything is possible!
How would you compare your life today to the lives of those studied in your project?
There were very few women in space compared to men back when Roberta was young, but over the years many female astronauts have been in space. Now that we see the women who have pushed boundaries, girls and women are more confident and empowered to be who they want to be.