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Ms. Padilla from Tucson AZ is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Actually, It Is Rocket Science!

Help me give my students books and learning experiences that will inspire them to imagine themselves in a STEM career!

  • $489 goal

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My Students

My students are 3rd graders who bring a smile to my face every day! They are energetic, curious, hard-working, creative, and eager to learn! I work at a diverse Title I elementary school where the majority of my students come from poverty. I encourage my students to focus on their possibilities and not their challenging situations.

I inspire my students to dream of their futures by greeting them daily with job titles such as "Good morning future doctors, astronauts, scientists, computer programmers, and engineers!"

I started greeting my students with professional titles years ago after I realized that so many of my students had limited expectations of what they could do for a career. I want my students to believe in themselves and not let gender, race, socioeconomic status or low societal expectations prevent them from dreaming big!

My students have what it takes to be successful in STEM. All they need are positive role models, opportunities, and encouragement.

My goal as a teacher is to create educational experiences that inspire my students to see the unlimited possibilities they have in both school and career.

My Project

Building on my students' fascination with our universe, space travel, and hands-on learning, I've created a science unit to spark an interest in STEM and STEM careers.

My project aims to give my students an out of this world experience and to inspire them to imagine themselves in a STEM career in the aerospace field in jobs such as scientists, astrophysicists, engineers and astronauts!

We'll study positive female role models from the Lyda Hill If/Then Collection such as Sydney Hamilton who is a mechanical engineer, Kelly Korreck who is an astrophysicist, and Jasmine Sadler who is a rocket scientist and aerospace engineer. This will expose students to different STEM careers, females of different races in STEM careers, as well as encourage them to see themselves and their peers in STEM.

My project includes books on space, NASA, astronauts, and the first moon landing to add to our classroom library to further spark students' interest in STEM. As a class, we'll read books on Mae Jeminson, NASA's first female African American astronaut, Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, and Katherine Johnson, a NASA mathematician whose calculations were essential for the success of space shuttle missions.

Students will experience the excitement of STEM careers and the challenges of creating a spacecraft to drop a lunar lander on the moon! Students will be engineers and rocket scientists as they design and build mini spacecrafts and lunar landers using a variety of materials. They will then use their math skills and learn more about gravity, motion, and forces as they test their creations by flying their spacecrafts down a zipline with the goal of dropping the lunar lander on a target. Students will participate in an inquiry cycle of building, testing, reflecting and modifying to try to complete the challenge.

Ms. Padilla
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Stanley Removable 4 Cup Scissor Caddy and Guppy 5-Inch Blunt Tip Kids Scissors, 24 Pack (SCICAD-BT24) • Amazon Business $33.00 1 $33.00
Apollo Expeditions to the Moon: The NASA History 50th Anniversary Edition (Dover Books on Astronomy) • Amazon Business $20.99 1 $20.99
Space Encyclopedia: A Tour of Our Solar System and Beyond (National Geographic Kids) • Amazon Business $17.49 1 $17.49
Mae Jemison (You Should Meet) • Amazon Business $16.99 1 $16.99
Everything Space • Amazon Business $14.05 1 $14.05
60 cm / 24 in Bullseye Archery (10 Ring) and Gun Targets by Longbow Targets (10 Pack) • Amazon Business $13.99 1 $13.99
Duck Brand 285917 Duct Tape 3-Roll Pack, 1.88 Inches x 15 Yards, Metallic Chrome • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
Mae Among the Stars • Amazon Business $13.49 1 $13.49
Ask the Astronaut: A Galaxy of Astonishing Answers to Your Questions on Spaceflight • Amazon Business $12.95 1 $12.95
National Geographic Kids Everything Space: Blast Off for a Universe of Photos, Facts, and Fun! • Amazon Business $12.00 1 $12.00
Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11 (Richard Jackson Books (Atheneum Hardcover)) • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
What Can I Be? STEM Careers from A to Z • Amazon Business $11.99 1 $11.99
A Computer Called Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Helped Put America on the Moon • Amazon Business $11.89 1 $11.89
Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13 • Amazon Business $10.93 1 $10.93
Neil Armstrong : The First Man to Walk on the Moon - Biography for Kids 9-12 | Children's Biography Books • Amazon Business $10.53 1 $10.53
Super Cool Space Facts: A Fun, Fact-filled Space Book for Kids • Amazon Business $9.69 1 $9.69
One Giant Leap • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Space Exploration for Kids: A Junior Scientist’s Guide to Astronauts, Rockets, and Life in Zero Gravity • Amazon Business $8.99 1 $8.99
Women in Science and Technology Mae C. Jemison • Amazon Business $8.95 1 $8.95
RUNCL PowerMono Fishing Line, Monofilament Fishing Line - Ultimate Strength, Shock Absorber, Suspend in Water, Knot Friendly - Mono Fishing Line (Gold, 4LB(1.8kgs), 300yds) • Amazon Business $7.99 1 $7.99
Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race • Amazon Business $7.29 1 $7.29
200 Pcs Colorful Plastic Long Flexible Straws.(0.23'' diameter and 10.2" long) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
DOFE 60 pcs NASA Stickers,Car Stickers 50 pcs, Laptop Stickers,Motorcycle Bicycle Luggage Decal Graffiti Patches for Teens(60 pcs NASA Stickers) • Amazon Business $6.99 1 $6.99
Amscan Silver Paper Cups, 9 Oz., 20 Ct. | Party Tableware • Amazon Business $6.32 1 $6.32
What Is NASA? (What Was?) • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Apollo 13 (Totally True Adventures): How Three Brave Astronauts Survived A Space Disaster • Amazon Business $5.99 1 $5.99
Mae Jemison (Rookie Biographies) • Amazon Business $5.95 1 $5.95
Reaching for the Moon • AKJ Education $5.83 1 $5.83
Apollo 13 (Totally True Adventures) • AKJ Education $5.39 1 $5.39
Moonwalk: The First Trip to the Moon (Step-Into-Reading, Step 5) • Amazon Business $4.99 1 $4.99
Who Was Neil Armstrong? • AKJ Education $4.37 1 $4.37
Space Heroes: Amazing Astronauts (DK Readers) (DK Readers Level 3) • Amazon Business $3.99 1 $3.99
Katherine Johnson • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Moonwalk • AKJ Education $3.64 1 $3.64
Oxford Blank Index Cards, 4" x 6", White, 100 Per Pack (40156-SP) • Amazon Business $1.49 1 $1.49

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