“One small step for man.” “Boldly go where no man has gone before.” These iconic gender-specific phrases don’t tell the entire story. Women have been and continue to be an important part of the aerospace industry, from the first woman in space, Valentina Tereshkova, to human computer Katherine Johnson who helped send humans to the Moon, to Christina Koch, one of NASA’s newest astronauts. In this episode of STEM in 30, we will explore the women who are helping pave the way to Mars. We will be joined by "Astronaut Abby," a 20-year-old college student who has set her sights on becoming an astronaut and the first person to step on the planet Mars. She’s also the founder of the Mars Generation, a nonprofit dedicated to exciting young people about STEM education and space.
This program is made possible through the generous support of NASA.
Next Generation Science Standards:
MS-PS2-2 Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions
Plan an investigation to provide evidence that the change in an object’s motion depends on the sum of the forces on the object and the mass of the object.
MS-ESS1-2 Earth's Place in the Universe
Develop and use a model to describe the role of gravity in the motions within galaxies and the solar system.
MS-ETS1-1 Engineering Design
Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.
MS-ETS1-3 Engineering Design
Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.