How to Catch a Star With Ellen Ochoa STEM Challenge

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3rd - 5th
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During this month I will be highlighting the work of various women of color in STEM. This week I have created a STEM challenge that introduces students to Dr. Ellen Ochoa, the first Hispanic woman in space.


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:

1) Bio

2) Quiz

3) Read aloud

4) STEM challenge

5) Planning page

6) Reflection page

I hope you enjoy this and happy teaching! I hope you like it! If you are in search of more STEM/Virtual activities check these out:

And as always! Do check out my blog for lots of tips and tricks! Sprouting STEMs Happy Teaching!

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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.


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