Mae Among the Stars STEM Activity

Mae Among the Stars STEM Activity


Engage Students with Mae Jemison STEM Challenge!

Students love learning about Mae Jemison by completing this STEM challenge! This works well for both Black History Month and Women's History Month.

Reading passages teach students about how Mae Jemison was the first African American Woman in space. Designing and building a rocket to launch into space helps solidify the lesson in a hands-on way!

Perfect companion activity to Mae Among the Stars by Roda Amhed.

This activity helps students develop critical thinking and engineering skills. 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.

A writing activity is included for students to write about what they learned about Mae Jemison during the project.

Aligns with NGSS(Next Gen Science Standards).

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Material List:

  • Straws

  • Tape

  • Paper

  • Scissors

  • Yardstick

  • Mae Among the Stars by Roda Amhed (Recommended)


  • Teacher Instructions for Building a Rocket

  • Student STEM Journal

  • Student Instructions for Building a Rocket

  • Student Planning Pages

  • Student Reflection Sheet

  • Reading Passage and Questions

  • Writing Activity

What teachers are saying about the Mae Jemison STEM Activity:

"This was awesome, thanks! Loved giving my kids an opportunity to learn about a strong female in STEM!"

"We get to learn about an amazing astronaut and build rockets! It's going to be a blast!"

"Awesome STEM activity for Women's History Month. I will be using this for our Saturday School kids, K-6." - Shannon G.
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