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of a small number
There's so much that
- only 2 percent -
you can learn, or you
of Native American
can teach a group of
DINÉ
The Diné, or people of the Navajo
students. "The district
students with the
Nation, make their home on the
really wanted me to be
augmented reality
country's largest reservation,
with the class every
sandbox."
comprising land in northern
year, so I got a lot of
Before this project,
Arizona, northwest New Mexico,
and southeast Utah - about the
help with making sure
Price was a part of the
size of Massachusetts, Connecticut,
that I passed the
rocket team, where she
and Rhode Island combined.
AIMS [Arizona's
had the opportunity to
Instrument to
go to NASA's Wallops
Measure Standards] test," recalls Price. "If I
Flight Facility in Virginia. "It was pretty
had been raised on the reservation, I
amazing, because we got to build a huge
probably wouldn't have been challenged
rocket payload," she says. There were teams
from many other schools in addition to SIPI, that much every year growing up." She cites
her mom as the driving force behind her
and all the payloads were stacked onto each
continued success in school. "She always
other and put into the rocket vessel to be
made sure that I was getting my homework
launched.
done at the Boys and Girls Club. She always
Price says that through her internship,
wanted me to get my tutoring done, and if I
her interactions with the other interns, and
ever had questions, to ask my teachers or
her work with mentors at SIPI, she has
my tutors. Ever since I can remember, I've
learned a lot about how to be a leader.
always been in school. I've always been
"When I join a team, I focus on how well I
trying to get every problem down."
can contribute to the team," she says.
STEM education has had a huge impact
Price grew up with her mother in
on Price, and she wants to pay it forward for
Phoenix. In her school district, she was one

her community. "I think there should be
stronger influences in STEM on the reservation," she explains. "There should be more
robotics in the reservation high schools, even
more people teaching robotics, or playing
with robots in elementary school or kindergarten. I think it would be really awesome for
the youth to be introduced to STEM."
In addition to more members of the
Navajo Nation, Price would also like to see
more women in STEM. "As a Navajo
woman, I think it would be cool to see more
women who want to go to college coming to
SIPI," she says.
Always determined, Price has worked
hard to establish an AISES chapter at SIPI,
and encouraged several fellow students to
join AISES. The next step, she says, is to hold
an election for AISES student officials and
submit research proposals for the 2017
AISES National Conference in Denver. She
adds, "A lot of teachers and smart friends of
mine tell me, 'You can do anything you want,
as long as you put your mind to it.' That's
completely 100 percent true."
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