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December 5, 2023

The Cutting-Edge Work of Native American Aerospace Engineer Mary Golda Ross

Ask students: Who was Mary Golda Ross, and what is her background? When did she become the first Native American woman to earn a professional certification in engineering?

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As Native American Heritage Month comes to a close, for our “Hidden Histories” series, we look at the life and legacy of Mary Golda Ross, the first Native American woman to become an engineer and a pioneering figure of the space age.

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Discussion Questions

  • Who was Mary Golda Ross, and what is her background?
  • Where did Mary Golda Ross grow up?
  • What influenced Golda Ross's passion for education and engineering?
  • When did Mary Golda Ross become the first Native American woman to earn a professional certification in engineering?
  • Why was Mary Golda Ross considered a pioneering figure?

Focus Questions

What do you think were the most inspiring achievements and innovations in Mary Golda Ross's engineering career?

Media literacy: How can you find out more about Native American Heritage Month?

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Republished with permission from PBS NewsHour Classroom.

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