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Welcome to your Southeastern New Mexico Educational Resource Center! SNMERC is proud to provide science resources to students and teachers for kindergarten through fifth grade. We partner with public school districts across southeastern New Mexico to help support every child’s natural sense of wonder.

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Scientist Spotlight

It’s not Rocket Science - You Can Do it, Too!

Pan Conrad loved science when she was little girl, but she didn’t pursue it at first because she thought she wasn’t smart enough to do the math. She hated math. She struggled on math tests and sometimes even cried when she did her homework. Pan became scared of math and science, so she studied music instead. She eventually became a composer and sang everything from opera to rock music; but way down deep, her love of science still preoccupied her mind. Finally, she decided to go back to school, “gut it out, do the math, stop the crying, and get a degree in science.”

Today, Pan works for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and although there’s really no such thing as a job called “rocket scientist,” she’s as close as they come! Her advice to kids who love science is this: “Make sure you choose as many math and science classes as you can, and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do what you want to do for whatever reason.” Pan teaches us that we can do anything we set out to do, even if it’s hard, as long as we don’t give up. Just think, you might be NASA’s next rocket scientist!

Watanabe, Susan, “How to build a Rocket Scientist,” NASA, January 12, 2008