2017 Festival: Janel Thomas, NASA/NOAA and Science Cheerleader
Janel Thomas, NASA/NOAA and Science Cheerleader
The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute welcomes Janel Thomas to the 2017 National Math Festival!
Janel Thomas works for both the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as a Training and User Liaison for the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite R-Series (GOES-R) Product Readiness Operations Team. She has also been a member of Science Cheerleader for four years after cheering for the St. Louis University Billikens. Janel studied meterology as an undergraduate, and she has a master’s degree in geography and environmental systems.
2, 4, 6, 8 = Science!
Have you ever thought about physics and engineering principles when watching a cheerleading squad build a pyramid or toss a girl into the air? Understanding the science, technology, engineering, and math inherent in cheerleading gives a new perspective and understanding of cheerleading (and lots of other forces in the world too). Highlights from The Science of Cheerleading, a book created by Darlene Cavalier, founder of Science Cheerleader, will be shared showcasing how science and engineering can be a part of nearly every aspect of our lives; sharing a message of encouragement to follow dreams and challenge stereotypes along with the practicality of scientific pursuits and concepts.