'Mary Golda Ross designed classified airplanes and spacecraft as Lockheed Aircraft Corporation's first female engineer. Find out how her passion for math and the Cherokee values she was raised with shaped her life and work.
Cherokee author Traci Sorell and Métis illustrator Natasha Donovan trace Ross's journey from being the only girl in a high school math class to becoming a teacher to pursuing an engineering degree, joining the top-secret Skunk Works division of Lockheed, and being a mentor for Native Americans and young women interested in engineering. In addition, the narrative highlights Cherokee values including education, working cooperatively, remaining humble, and helping ensure equal opportunity and education for all.---from the publisher
32 pages 9781541579149 Ages 8-13
Keywords: biography, Native American, women, Cherokee, diversity, diverse books, engineers, aerospace, math, gender equality, 8 year old, 9 year old, 10 year old, 11 year old, 12 year old
I was honored to have collected Aerospace Lesson Plans for award-winning Cherokee author Traci Sorell's new biography CLASSIFIED: THE SECRET CAREER OF MARY GOLDA ROSS, CHEROKEE AEROSPACE ENGINEER (Millbrook Press).--from Suzanne Costner, School Library Media Specialist, Fairview Elementary School Maryville, TN
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**ABOUT THE ACTIVITIES** Author Traci Sorell relates some of the history of the Cherokee language while fellow Cherokee Nation citizens Emilee Chavez and Wade Blevins, M.Ed., share actual Cherokee words for readers and educators to hear and speak as they learn about Mary’s work.
Myself and Charles Fulco (curriculum specialist and NASA Solar System Ambassador) share our favorite aerospace lessons for Grades 2-7.
STEM activities and the Cherokee language and culture are blended into a journaling activity and an aerospace collage with a full liftoff in the Cherokee language.
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