Ginger Butcher is a NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Education & Outreach Specialist, as well as the author and illustrator of the award wining Echo the Bat – a website and book that teaches kids about satellite imagery. Ginger is also the driving force behind our littleBits Space Kit, and she has been generous enough to lend her expertise regarding content and curriculum for all our space-tacular projects. Her Pizza Box Phonograph project caught the eyes (and ears) of our entire office. In one of her visits to our HQ, we asked Ginger for her story about joining NASA.
“My father was an astrophysicist at NASA and was actually at the launch of his satellite the week I was born (he was the project scientist). So I have been around NASA for a long time. However, I didn’t start out with plans to work at NASA. After graduating with a degree in cartography, I decided to stay home and raise my daughter. By the time my second daughter came along, I was running a successful graphic design company and opened an office space in Beltsville. One of my clients was a contracting company to NASA. They liked my work and offered me a multimedia job at NASA Goddard in 1997. That project turned out to be Echo the Bat – a web site and book that teaches kids about satellite imagery. It won a few awards and I was off and running with a career at NASA doing education and public outreach.”