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PrISUm at ASC ’18: Mackenzie Klima

This is part of a series featuring students from Team PrISUm who are competing in the 2018 Formula Sun Grand Prix (July 10-12) and American Solar Challenge (July 14-22). This year’s race follows portions of the Oregon Trail, beginning in Omaha, Nebraska and finishing in Bend, Oregon.

For updates throughout the race follow PrISUm on Facebook and Twitter.


Name: Mackenzie Klima

Hometown: Prior Lake, Minnesota

Year: Senior

Major: Elementary Education & Spanish

Role on PrISUm: I am PrISUm’s Outreach Director. As Outreach Director, I work with schools, organizations, and individuals to coordinate all PrISUm outreach events. Outreach is an extremely important part of what we do as a team. We strive to educate our community on the importance of sustainability and the future of transportation. I facilitate STEM activities with students of all ages and give presentations on solar car in various settings.

Career aspirations: I would love to teach at a Spanish immersion or bilingual elementary school. I have always loved children and my favorite part of teaching is watching their eyes light up when they figure something out. That being said, I am currently an intern at the NASA Ames Research Center in California, working with NASA outreach. I’m excited to see where life will take me, assured that I will always be involved with STEM education in some form.

Your favorite part of being on Team PrISUm?
My favorite part of being part of PrISUm is the sense of community and the constant teamwork and collaboration. We take pride in being an interdisciplinary organization and teamwork is essential for all aspects of PrISUm.

What advice would you have for a student interested in joining PrISUm?
I would advise students to be open minded and take opportunities when they are provided, even if you’re scared. If you’re interested in joining PrISUm, we have a place for you. Three years ago, I never would have imagined my life the way it is now. Embrace the opportunity to learn new things, you never know where life will take you.