Margaret Hamilton and the Moon READ ALOUD STEM™ Activity
- Easel Activity
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Integrate STEM and Social Studies in your classroom during Women's History Month with this Margaret Hamilton Space STEM Challenge!
Help Apollo astronauts land safely on the moon with Margaret Hamilton!
Build a Lunar Lander STEM Challenge is a fun and unique way to engage your students during Women's History Month. Teach students that anyone can be successful in STEM regardless of gender.
Students begin the activity by reading about Margaret Hamilton and learning vocabulary about Lunar Landers. You can also use Margaret and the Moon by Dean Robbins with this resource to help students learn more background knowledge.
After learning about Margaret Hamilton, students design, build, and test their own Lunar Lander! After they have completed their activity, there is time for reflection on what worked and what didn't.
BONUS: An informational writing activity using topic sentence and supporting details is included to help students reflect and write about what they learned about Margaret Hamilton during the STEM Activity!
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!
- Aluminum Foil
- Plastic Cups
- Margaret and the Moon by Dean Robbins (Recommended)
- Teacher Instructions (With Example Photograph)
- Student STEM Journal
- Student Instructions
- Student Build a Lunar Lander STEM Activity
- Student Reflection Sheet
- Student Test Recording Sheets
- Margaret Hamilton Reading Passage and Questions
- Informational Text Writing Activity
- TpT Digital Version for Distance Learning with Google Classroom
To use Easel for Distance Learning, select "Open in Easel" on this listing.
Aligns to NGSS
K-2-ETS1-1 Engineering Design
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.
K-2-ETS1-2 Engineering Design
Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given problem.
K-2-ETS1-3 Engineering Design
Analyze data from tests of two objects designed to solve the same problem to compare the strengths and weaknesses of how each performs.
K-PS2-1 Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions
Plan and conduct an investigation to compare the effects of different strengths or different directions of pushes and pulls on the motion of an object.
K-PS2-2 Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions
Analyze data to determine if a design solution works as intended to change the speed or direction of an object with a push or a pull.
3-5-ETS1-2 Engineering Design
Generate and compare multiple solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
3-5-ETS1-3 Engineering Design
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.
3-PS2-1 Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions
Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence of the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the motion of an object.