Marina Affo Via Delaware News Journal
Jackie Means, founder of the Wilmington Urban STEM Initiative, is now a series regular on CBS's "Mission Unstoppable."
The show, hosted by Miranda Cosgrove, highlights diverse and female STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) enthusiasts as they hope to inspire the next generation.
Means will be doing a DIY segment on easy and fun science experiments kids and parents can do at home.
"I feel very excited, very blessed," the Southbridge native said.
Her goal is to bring more young women and people of color to the STEM field, which is dominated by white men.
Means, who is 18, will appear in five episodes of the show and has already recorded all the segments. In an interview with Delaware Online/The News Journal on Monday, she said she will be doing DIY experiments like purple snow and dry ice ice cream.
She doesn't quite know how CBS found out about her, but she's excited about the opportunity to expand her message on a national level.
"I think they just saw my work, my passion and my love for what I do and said, 'We'd love to have her,'" she said.
Means has previously been featured on the 'Today' show in 2019 and Subaru gave her $10,000 worth of supplies for her events. In that same year, she went on the Steve Harvey Show and was given $5,000 to support her program.
All the while, Means has launched a YouTube channel and has posted videos regularly on Facebook to continue sharing her science experiments with young girls during the pandemic.
Means is a first-year at the University of Delaware in 2020 and is majoring in neuroscience. She recently made it on the dean's list.
"I would love to see not just young women but young women of all shapes and backgrounds and walks of life really get into STEM," she said. "They can go into this field, even if they don't really see someone who looks like them in that field. They can pave their own path."
Readers can watch "Mission Unstoppable" on CBS Saturday mornings. Check your local listings for exact times.