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Corrine Rojas

2023 Seed Grant Awardee

Project Description

Culturally Inclusive Planetary Engagement (CIPE)

The Planetary Resources and Content Heroes (ReaCH) project conducts workshops to enhance the ability for subject matter experts (SMEs) in planetary science and astrobiology to meaningfully engage with Black and Latinx youth, a typically underserved population, and their families about science. I will be collaborating with ReaCH as a co-facilitator in their first bilingual workshop, which will bring SMEs together with local educators and science communication leaders in Puerto Rico, a primarily Spanish-speaking Latinx population.

As a bilingual first-generation American Latina, this collaboration [Culturally Inclusive Planetary Engagement] will inform the workshop development, language translation, and give a more personal experience to the local participants. This will also help support my professional development as a scientist/engineer, particularly when it comes to public engagement and outreach.

Target Audience Age


NASA Division

Planetary division symbol


Grant Status

Learning Context

Digital Learning

Home and family enabled

Neighborhood /

Informal /
Out of School

Home / Family

Citizen Science

Formal Education


Corrine Rojas headshot.

This opportunity helps my career goals of outreach centered around DEIA, especially as a representative (Latina, first-generation American and college student) of our target demographic of Black and Latinx STEM/STEM-education audiences.

Corrine Rojas CIPE PI

Corrine Rojas

Scientific Programmer
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Corrine Rojas is a Mars rover instrument operations engineer and a planetary scientist. She studied the moon as a researcher for the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera team, and is now a NASA Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover Mastcam-Z Instrument Operations Engineer. Upon the rover landing on Jezero Crater in February 2021, she is looking forward to exploring the ancient lake delta at Jezero Crater through the multispectral eyes of Mastcam-Z and assembling some breathtaking three-dimensional Martian landscape photography.

SciAct Team

Planetary ReaCH Description

The Lunar and Planetary Institute and its partners are developing a process, or engagement model, to prepare planetary science subject matter experts (SMEs) to engage audiences within the Science Activation portfolio, with an explicit focus on Black and Latinx communities. Planetary ReaCH (Resources and Content Heroes) will prepare these planetary “content heroes” to engage audiences through 3-day Planetary Engagement Workshops. Our innovative approach invites Science Activation teams and informal educators who serve minority communities to participate along with planetary SMEs. Participants will collaborate while learning to engage audiences in NASA planetary science.

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As a Latinx, bilingual planetary science subject matter expert, and someone who participated in a past workshop, Corrine’s collaboration with Planetary ReaCH is a natural one. The ReaCH team is excited to authentically partner with Corrine in the development of the upcoming workshop in Puerto Rico. Her expertise and lived-experiences will be invaluable in developing a workshop and public event in Puerto Rico that is cognizant of the experiences and history of Puerto Ricans.

Andrew Shaner Planetary ReaCH PI