Meet Alena Wicker, a 12-year-old child prodigy who has been accepted to Arizona State University (ASU). Wicker’s primary focus is to be a NASA engineer by age 16.
“I always dreamed of being an engineer because, throughout my life, I liked building,” Wicker told Phoenix TV station KPNX.
Wicker has always enjoyed designing and engineering as a child. She would use LEGOs to construct impressive structures with ease. The structures she would build would be something that a young person would usually not be able to build.
She would construct structures like the Taj Mahal, the Disney castle, a NASA rocket, the Apollo 11, and the Millennium Falcon. Alena’s mother said she recognized her daughter’s gift at an early age, so she decided to nurture that gift.
“She just had a gift for numbers, LEGOs, and science, so I started nurturing that gift,” said Daphne McQuarter. “At 4 years old, she said, I’m going to work at NASA, and I’m going to go up there.” She would point to the stars.”
Alena will be double-majoring in astronomical, planetary science, and chemistry at ASU. Alena, we all wish you blessings and the best on your beautiful journey to the stars.