Written by: Melissa Schellinger Gutierrez
On Monday, February 13th, SWE-UCR held its 19th annual Valentine's Day fundraiser. It was one of the only days in the past two weeks that it had not rained; it was a clear blue sky miracle. The evening began with mingling, music and delicious tacos. It was a time to get acquainted with another while enjoying the lovely company of both vegan and non-vegan tacos. After being energized from the delicious Mexican food, the attendees gathered into teams of two or three. It was time for the games to begin! Who was going to be the next true hidden figure?!
It was now up to the attendees to gather their thoughts, complete a series of tasks all over campus, and get SWE/NASA's first successful mission to space! Each team, having been assigned a different color was to complete a task, grab the balloon of their team color, pop it, and solve the riddle inside. The riddle then took them to their next location. The first team to complete all five tasks would win! For the next hour or two, they ran across campus, built and shot their own rocket (The Friendship 7), rang saturn, completed mathematical problems, shot and aimed paper airplanes, and built a device that would assure the safe landing of astronaut John Glenn.
This event was not only a great way to socialize with new people, but it was also a great means to learn about the truly wonderful Hidden Figures that served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the US space program. We hope that all those who were able to participate in the event were able to learn something new and have a lot of fun!
Jayapriya Vengadesan (2017-2018)
Jayapriya is an undergraduate student studying bioengineering.
Cindy Yanez (2016-2017)