Black Scientist Reading: Valerie Thomas of NASA


Learn more about an important and influential Black scientist and inventor!

Grades 7 and Up

In this Black scientist reading, students will learn about Valerie Thomas, African American scientist, inventor and  NASA pioneer.

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Valerie Thomas was a highly successful NASA scientist during a time when females, particularly Black women, were shunned by the scientific community. She played a vital role in leading many important programs at NASA, especially those related to satellites. She is best known for her invention of the illusion transmitter, the precursor to today’s 3D technology.

In this activity, students will:

  • READ a 2-page article about the life and scientific accomplishments of Valerie Thomas
  • ANSWER text-dependent reading comprehension questions related to Thomas’ scientific work

Teacher Notes:

  • Great as a sub plan!
  • Please note that this Black scientist reading is not editable.


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