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12-Year-Old Prodigy Enrolls at Arizona State University Path To Becoming NASA Engineer

12-Year-Old Prodigy Enrolls at Arizona State University Path To Becoming NASA Engineer

12-year-old Alena Wicker is set to began college at Arizona State University, majoring in astronomical and planetary science and chemistry. Wicker plans to be an engineer for NASA someday according to 11 Alive.

“I always dreamed of being an engineer because throughout my life I liked the building,” Alena told 11Alive about her goal to work at NASA. Since Wicker  had always been her dream as she was building NASA-sized Legos.

“She just had a gift for numbers and Lego and science so I started nurturing that gift,” her mother Daphne McQuarter said. Alena finished high school through homeschool classes, and began pursuing that dream and will be starting classes this summer. Wicker expects to finish college at the age of 16.

“I’ll be driving in one of those future space mobiles by the time that I graduate college,” Alena said, also adding that she wants to build rovers that could be sent to other planets.

Alena is also also very active on her Facebook page where she plans to launch a podcast to share her journey. “I’m just planning it all as I go. It doesn’t matter what your age or what you’re planning to do. Go for it, dream, then accomplish it,” she said.

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