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Dr. Ellen Ochoa READ ALOUD STEM™ Activity + Digital Distance Learning

Carly and Adam
Grade Levels
1st - 5th
Formats Included
  • PDF
  • Activity
30 pages
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Carly and Adam
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Includes TpT Digital Version for Google Classroom Distance Learning.

Can your students use a Robotic Arm like Dr. Ellen Ochoa?

Celebrate Women in STEM by learning about Dr. Ellen Ochoa, the first Hispanic woman in space. Design and Build a Robotic Arm to be used in space.

This STEM Challenge is a fun and unique way to teach students that anyone can be a successful positive influence in STEM regardless of gender or race.

Literacy Integration:

Students begin the activity by learning about Dr. Ellen Ochoa using the included reading passage and questions. It's also a perfect Read Aloud companion activity to The Astronaut with a Song for the Stars by Julia Finley Mosca, which explores the life of Dr. Ellen Ochoa

The Engineering Design Process:

Students plan, design, and execute their own ideas. After they have completed their activity, there is time for reflection on what worked and what didn't. They follow the six step Engineering Design Process: Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create, Experiment, Improve.

Informative Writing Extension:

After students complete the STEM Challenge, students write about what they learned about Dr. Ellen Ochoa.

Aligns with NGSS and Common Core.

Amazing resource for STEM club, STEM teachers, elementary librarians, parents who love hands-on learning, and elementary teachers who want to create a hands-on educational environment in their classroom!

Material List:

  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Paper Clips
  • Paper
  • Straws
  • Brads
  • Hole Punch
  • String or Fishing Line
  • The Astronaut with a Song for the Stars by Julia Finley Mosca (Recommended)


  • Teacher Instructions (With Example Photos)
  • Student Instructions
  • STEM Journal
  • Student STEM Activity
  • Student Reflection Sheet
  • Reading Passage and Questions
  • Writing Activity
  • TpT Digital Version for Distance Learning with Google Classroom

Digital Activity:

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Total Pages
30 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.
Ask questions, make observations, and gather information about a situation people want to change to define a simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new or improved object or tool.
Analyze data from tests of two objects designed to solve the same problem to compare the strengths and weaknesses of how each performs.


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