It’s Black History Month. I really did not want to spew out some more generic content just to be relevant. What was my goal in setting up this unit? What were my intentions? I wanted to celebrate women of color in STEM, but how?
I want to do my best to give respect where it is deserved. For the next month I will be creating project-based activities celebrating Women of Color in STEM. Over the next month students will learn:
- How the mathematician Gladys West contributed to the invention of GPS.
- How Mary G Ross was the first Native American female engineer, the first female to work for Lockheed Martin.
- How Dr. Marie Maynard Daly contributed to finding the correlation between cholesterol and hypertension.
- Ellen Ochoa who was the first Hispanic woman to travel to space.
- Vandana Shiva who works tirelessly to promote biodiversity at her Earth University in India and beyond.
I hope this unit broadens horizons for people, including myself. I’m sure I have missed the mark somewhere and if that is the case teach me how to be better.
Gladys West: Coding Unplugged
During the entire month I will be releasing different hands-on, STEM activities celebrating Women of Color in STEM.
Gladys West is known for her contribution towards the invention of GPS. In this activity students will work on various sequencing activities, coding activities and geotagging. Sequencing events is a major part of coding and literacy. Students must be able to properly sequence events in code to get programs to execute properly. This is great cross-curricular activity that celebrates the incredible work of Gladys West
In this resource you will find:
- Video and Bio of Gladys West
- Intro to Algorithms
- Sequencing Events
- Mapping Events
A Healthy Heart With Marie Maynard Daly
The second woman of color in STEM I’d like to highlight is the biochemist Dr. Marie Maynard Daly. Dr. Marie Maynard Daly is known for her contribution towards finding the correlation between high cholesterol and hypertension. In this STEM activity for kids that honors women of color in STEM students will learn who Dr. Marie Maynard Daly is, play an interactive heart game and a drag and drop game. It is a virtual activity that can be used on Google Slides or Seesaw.
In this activity you will find:
- Introduction to Marie Maynard Daly
- Interactive heart parts and functions game
- Sketch the path of blood flow activity
- Drag and drop game
How to Catch a Start with Ellen Ochoa
Following a bio of Ellen Ochoa and mini quiz students will then watch a read aloud of How to Catch a Star. How to Catch a Star is a fun little story where a little boy tries to capture a star from the sky.
This STEM activity for kids requires students to create a star catcher. This activity can be done in person or virtually. Students can use materials from all around the house which are specified in the video.
In this STEM activity for kids you will find:
3) Read aloud
4) STEM challenge
5) Planning page
6) Reflection page
STEM Activity for Kids: Rockets With Mary G Ross
Mary G Ross was the first Native American female engineer. Mary G Ross was the first female to work for Lockheed Martin. “She was one of the 40 founding engineers of the renowned and highly secretive Skunk Works project at Lockheed Corporation. She worked at Lockheed from 1942 until her retirement in 1973, where she was best remembered for her work on aerospace design – including the Agena Rocket program – as well as numerous “design concepts for interplanetary space travel, crewed and uncrewed Earth-orbiting flights, the earliest studies of orbiting satellites for both defense and civilian purposes.” In 2018, she was chosen to be depicted on the 2019 Native American $1 Coin by the U.S. Mint celebrating American Indians in the space program.” (Wikipedia).
Try creating Paper rockets from Science Buddies: