Pacific Science Center VP To Speak At Upcoming TEDx

by | Nov 2, 2015

Vice President of Science and Education Selected As Speaker for Upcoming TEDxSnoIsle on November 6

SEATTLE, WA– (October 29, 2015) – Pacific Science Center is pleased to announce Ann McMahon, vice president of science and education, will present a moving TED talk at the upcoming TEDxSnoIsle on November 6.

McMahon will share her personal story about seeking solace in the stars during childhood to cope with a troubled home life—and ultimately discovering that engineering gave her a sense of belonging and value that led to personal fulfillment and her later career as a rocket scientist. McMahon’s talk for TEDxSnoIsle will feature her work with Pacific Science Center to bring engineering into communities where parents and children struggle to solve life’s problems. “I see myself in so many of these children,” McMahon says. “We, at Pacific Science Center. . . help others take control of their own futures.”

After working 10 years as a satellite engineer for Boeing, Ann dedicated her career to inspiring science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning from cradle to career and beyond—especially among underrepresented groups. She believes fostering social and emotional engagement, as well as intellectual development, in the natural and human-made world makes STEM more relevant to all of us. She has taught science in classrooms from preschool to university. Her research bridges the K-12 education and professional engineering communities.

TEDxSnoIsleLibraries will take place from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, November 6 at the Edmonds Center for the Arts. All seats for that venue have been reserved. If you wish to be on the waitlist, please visit


Pacific Science Center began as the United States Science Pavilion during the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. Millions came to explore the wonders of science during the World’s Fair and upon closing ceremonies, the Science Pavilion was given new life as the private not-for-profit Pacific Science Center, becoming the first U.S. museum founded as a science and technology center. On July 22, 2010 Pacific Science Center was declared a City of Seattle Landmark. On October 22, 2012 Pacific Science Center celebrated 50 years of inspiring curiosity, creativity and critical thinking for people of all ages throughout Washington and guests from around the world.


Contact: Katelyn Del Buco
Pacific Science Center, Seattle
(206) 269-5728