Meet The Brilliant 12-Year-Old Girl Who Just Got Admission To Study Planetary Science And Chemistry At Arizona State University.

Alena Wicker, a smart 12-year-old, is about to begin college at Arizona State University, where she will study astronomical and planetary science and chemistry. She hopes to work for NASA as an engineer eventually. ⁠

“I’ve always wanted to be an engineer because I’ve always enjoyed invention,” Alena said of her desire to work at NASA.


It had been her ambition since she was four years old when she started building NASA-sized Legos.



“She simply had a passion for numbers, Lego, and science, so I started fostering that gift,” her mother, Daphne McQuarter, explained.

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