Key Takeaways

  • This Women’s History Month, spotlight girls and women working in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and math.
  • Bring their inspiring stories to life with free classroom resources for grades 3–10 from Scholastic’s STEM magazines.
  • Build knowledge and skills in math and science with these nonfiction texts, activity sheets and more.

More female students and professionals than ever before are participating in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and math. However, they’re still underrepresented in certain STEM fields, such as computer science and engineering.

This Women’s History Month, Scholastic Classroom Magazines are proud to feature girls and women in STEM. Their stories will inspire your students while helping to build essential content-area knowledge and skills.

Grades 3–6:

Historic Female STEM Trailblazers

A hundred years ago, women in the U.S. won the right to vote with the passage of the 19th Amendment. Around the same time, women in STEM were breaking new ground. Our illustrated article, “Daring to Discover,” introduces your students to bold botanist Agnes Chase, visionary researcher Christine Ladd-Franklin and inspired inventor Miriam Benjamin.

Grades 3–6:

Wildland Firefighter

Kathleen Navarro works to keep people who fight dangerous wildfires safe. She studies the health effects that impact wildland firefighters like herself.

Students can learn about her rewarding, physically demanding work in this “Cool STEM Job” article from SuperScience magazine for grades 3–6. It comes with skill-building activity sheets—map analysis, critical-thinking questions and a paired text—that use real data and bring real-world relevance to your earth science curriculum.

Grades 3–9:

Rocket Woman

As a mathematician at NASA, Katherine Johnson helped get America’s first astronauts into space. She later helped get astronauts to the moon and back. As an African American woman, she was a pioneer in her field. Her remarkable story is the focus of the book and movie Hidden Figures.

Read about her in “Rocket Woman” from DynaMath magazine for grades 3–5 or “Moon Math” from Scholastic MATH magazine for grades 6–9. Then, like Johnson, your students can apply geometry to space travel by doing practice problems and skills activities.

Grades 6–9:

Hippo Helpers

Who can resist a baby hippo? Share the story of zookeeper Wendy Rice and a Nile hippopotamus who was born premature in “Saving Fiona” from Scholastic MATH.

Rice and her team used meticulous math to track every aspect of Fiona’s progress. Your class can do the same with our algebra activities. And don’t miss our absolutely adorable video of Fiona living her best life.

Grades 6–10:

Mangrove Mapper

How many teens can say they work with scientists to protect one of Earth’s most important ecosystems? High-schooler Eliza Goldberg uses satellite imagery to monitor vulnerable mangrove forests. Our Science World magazine story about Eliza comes with colorful infographics, a video visit to a mangrove forest and activities in biology, chemistry, engineering and more.

Celebrating Women in STEM

Scholastic’s science and math magazines have a longstanding commitment to celebrating girls and women in STEM. We’re pleased to help you bring their stories into your classroom all year round to encourage and motivate your students while building the skills they need for their own STEM achievements. 

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