Meet Sarah Gay.
She just turned 9 and is not your normal elementary student, she is smart. Very smart.
This determined young lady was walking at 8 months, reading at 15 months and in her school district’s Advanced Learning program since kindergarten. She is at a highschool/college reading level and understands what she reads. If she sets her mind to it, she makes it happen.
Why am I writing to you?
It’s up to you if she can take your course on Astronomy or not this fall.
Her application came with letters of recommendation from her learning team instead of high school transcripts…but let me share what they couldn’t say:
1) She is a member of one of the best clubs in the world: Girl Scouts.
Their aggressive STEM focus, when added to things like Camp Invention and Science Camps hooked her. She wants to be an astronomer and had studied and charted her path to make it happen, including her graduate work.
2) She works with major toy companies.
If children learn through play, they need great things to play with. Companies like GoldieBlox, Thames & Kamos, and National Geographic were way ahead of Target in killing the Gender Bias for toys. (Seriously, how is playing with a pink lacy ironing board fun?!?)
Laser Pegs just jumped aboard.
3) She is a media darling.
She has people lining up to talk to her: an interview with Madison’s Leigh Mills is this month, National magazines have been calling and she has an invite to a show in New York. It even looks like she is going to NASA camp next summer…
I’m not trying to be boastful here, she is an intelligent and articulate role model for an age group of women who are usually discouraged in the sciences. 4th grade seems to be the magic dream killer stage and she THRIVES on STEM learning. She is well balanced and socialized with activities through her church and even dance lessons.
This little scientist is too young for MATC. She is also too young to be on campus for the UW system. Special administrations sent us your way. According to your course description, she is already very familiar with the subject matter. She has memorized many constellations and their major stars, knows the solar system, galaxies and cosmology. Sorry, she is too young for lab work, but does have her own telescope! This process to get her in your class has taken almost 6 months.
I just have one question for you: Will you give her a chance?