The Science of Speed

with Gold Medalist Erin Jackson

Date and time
March 16, 2023 10:00 AM PT
Suggested audience
Librarian, Parent & Family, Other, Clubs & Organizations, Elementary School (ages 5-10), High School (ages 14-18), Middle School (ages 11-13), Higher Ed

About this event

Did you ever get a science lesson from a Gold Medalist? Meet the fastest woman in the world—Erin Jackson!


From as far back as she can remember, Erin Jackson has loved skating and science. Hear how she put those two things together to wind up on the cover of Sports Illustrated as the first Black woman in history to win an Olympic Gold Medal in speedskating!


About Erin Jackson


Erin is a young, Black woman from Central Florida who had never set foot on ice until six short years ago. Then in 2022, she made history at the Olympic Games in Beijing as the first Black woman ever to earn a Gold Medal in the sport of speedskating. Unlikely is an understatement, but Erin Jackson did it!


Erin always loved to learn and in high school, she was awarded a scholarship from the American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE) and is a proud member today. She is a STEM advocate and holds a BS in Materials Science and Engineering and AS in Computer Science and Information Systems. Erin is currently getting an AS in Exercise Science/Kinesiology. Mae Jemison, the NASA astronaut and first Black woman to travel to space, was one of Erin's idols as a child!

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