Sanity Savers, STEM Edition: Shoot for the Stars with Mae Jemison

Presented by National Grid

Written By Dan Walsh
STEM Educator


Different colors of construction paper, scissors, glue 


10 minutes 

Academic Subjects:  


ETS1.A: Defining Engineering Problems- Possible solutions to a problem are limited by available materials and resources (constraints)

Directions for Shoot For The Stars with Mae Jemison 

Mae Jemison was born in 1956. Jemison graduated from Stanford University with degrees in chemical engineering as well as African and African-American studies. She then earned her medical degree from Cornell University. Mae Jemison is an engineer, physician, and NASA astronaut. Jemison was the first black woman to travel to space aboard the space ship Endeavour. Jemison spent around eight days in space and orbited the earth 127 times. After landing Jemison resigned from NASA to become a philanthropist. A philanthropist is a person who seeks to promote the welfare of others. Let’s celebrate Mae Jemison by creating a geometric space ship or hospital! 

Mae Jemison on space shuttle Endeavour in Sep. 1992. Jemison was the first African-American woman in space with her first flight to space in Sep. 1992. Photo obtained from NASA
  1. Cut your construction paper into squares, rectangles, circles, and triangles. 
  2. Grab a piece of black construction paper to use as a base. 
  3. Place your shapes down onto the black construction paper, try to build one of Mae Jemison’s different occupations. You could build a space ship or even a hospital. 
  4. Once you have your design done, you can use a glue stick to glue your pieces down. 

Shoot For The Stars with Mae Jemison Vocabulary: 

Geometry– A branch of mathamtics that deals with shapes, lines, and points. 
Orbit– The path of an object around particular point in space. 

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