Afghan-American Pilot Inspires Girls to Pursue STEM

On August 1, Afghan-American pilot Shaesta Waiz spoke to over 80 local school girls aged 7 to 18, along with their parents and teachers.  Shaesta, who was born in a refugee camp in Afghanistan and emigrated to the U.S. as a baby, is on a quest to become the youngest female pilot to fly solo around the world in a single engine plane.  Her itinerary includes 30 stops in 21 countries where she is doing outreach events to promote women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).  Shaesta spoke about her passion for aviation and the challenges she has faced on her journey so far.  Her enthusiasm for STEM inspired the audience to never stop dreaming and to open their minds to new career possibilities.

Shaesta Waiz – “How My Dreams Soared”

What is your dream?Shaesta Waiz’s dream was to become a pilot. Today, she’s the first Afghan-American female civilian pilot, the eighth woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean by herself, and now on a quest to become the youngest female pilot to fly solo around the world in a single engine aircraft.Watch her talk about her dream here.Dreams Soar, Inc.The Republic of Singapore Air Force Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore Republic Of Singapore Flying Club Singapore Aviation Academy Singapore Youth Flying Club

Posted by U.S. Embassy Singapore on Thursday, August 17, 2017