NASA Scientist Biography: Valerie Thomas


Learn more about an important and influential Black scientist!

Grades 7 and Up


Valerie Thomas, African American Scientist & Inventor, NASA Pioneer: Valerie Thomas was a highly successful NASA scientist during a time that 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. Perfect supplement to NGSS MS-ESS1.

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In this activity, students will:

  • READ a 2-page article about the life and scientific accomplishments of Valerie Thomas
  • ANSWER 10 text-dependent reading comprehension questions related to Thomas’ scientific work

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