Gutsy Girls Go For Science: Astronauts: With Stem Projects for Kids

Illustrated by Hui Li

Do you dream of going into space? Do you wonder what it’s like on the moon?

In Gutsy Girls Go for Science: Astronauts with STEM Projects for Kids, readers ages 8 through 11 explore the lives of some of the world’s most amazing female astronauts. Bonnie Dunbar, Sally Ride, Mae Jemison, Sunita Williams, and Serena Auñón-Chancellor are all pioneers in the field of space exploration. These women trained for years to develop the skills necessary to become astronauts, taking risks and pushing the limits of what we know about life in

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Do you dream of going into space? Do you wonder what it’s like on the moon?

In Gutsy Girls Go for Science: Astronauts with STEM Projects for Kids, readers ages 8 through 11 explore the lives of some of the world’s most amazing female astronauts. Bonnie Dunbar, Sally Ride, Mae Jemison, Sunita Williams, and Serena Auñón-Chancellor are all pioneers in the field of space exploration. These women trained for years to develop the skills necessary to become astronauts, taking risks and pushing the limits of what we know about life in space.

Using a fun narrative style, engaging illustrations combined with photography, fascinating facts, essential questions, and hands-on projects, this book invites kids to make real-world connections and deepen their critical and creative thinking skills.

Astronauts is part of a set of four Gutsy Girls Go for Science books that explore career connections for young scientists. The other titles in this series include Paleontologists, Engineers, and Programmers.

Try these hands-on STEM projects

  • Design and build a balloon-powered rocket
  • Create a model of the International Space Station
  • Test and record hand-eye coordination
  • Create a board game related to space exploration
Available In:
Paperback, $14.95
9781619307810
Hardcover, $19.95
9781619307780
Includes: Table of Contents | Timeline | Charts | Glossary | Resources | Index
Specs: 7.5x9 size | 4-color interior | 112 pages
Subject: Science
Content Focus: Engineering & Technology

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Timeline

Introduction: Blast Off
Dexterity Training

Chapter One
Bonnie Dunbar: From Farm to Space
Build a Robotic Arm

Chapter Two
Sally Ride: A Giant Leap for Women
Make a Telescope

Chapter Three
Mae Jemison: Going Boldly
Women in Space Board Game

Chapter Four
Sunita Williams: Space Marathoner
Design a Mars Rover

Chapter Five
Serena Auñón-Chancellor: Doctor in Space
Food Waste in Space

Glossary
Resources
Index