Women of Color in STEM Challenges

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    It’s Black History Month!

    Over the course of the month I was highlighting the amazing work of various women of color in STEM. I created project-based activities celebrating Women of Color in STEM. In this bundle you will find:

    • 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.

    Gladys West

    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:

    • Introductions
    • Video and Bio of Gladys West
    • Quiz
    • Intro to Algorithms
    • Sequencing Events
    • Mapping Events
    • Geotagging

    Dr. Marie Maynard Daly

    Dr. Marie Maynard Daly is known for her contribution towards 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
    • Video
    • Quiz
    • Interactive heart parts and functions game
    • Sketch the path of blood flow activity
    • Drag and drop game

    Dr. Ellen Ochoa

    This STEM challenge 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

    Mary G Ross

    In this STEM activity for kids students will learn about Mary G Ross who was the first female Native American engineer. They will learn about her contributions to science. They will then have three STEM challenges to choose from.

    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:

    Blog: www.sproutingstems.in

    IG: Sprouting_stems

    FB: www.facebook.com/zekijaan

    PS - I know organising your STEM challenges and STEM projects for the school year can be a pain so I created a year long STEM content planner on my blog. You can grab and it use it as you like www.sproutingstems.in

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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.
    Conduct an investigation to provide evidence that living things are made of cells; either one cell or many different numbers and types of cells. Emphasis is on developing evidence that living things are made of cells, distinguishing between living and non-living cells, and understanding that living things may be made of one cell or many and varied cells.
    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.
    By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.


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