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Five Women in STEM Halloween Costumes


Five Women in STEM Halloween Costume Ideas



Halloween is a great time to try out all your spooky, funny, or creative costumes, but why not consider paying a bit of tribute to some of the great female figures in STEM history? Women scientists, engineers, and mathematicians have made some of the largest impacts on human history, many of which we celebrate in our DoSeum exhibits.  Check out some of these girl-power STEM costume ideas for your kids this Halloween:


Mae Jemison



Mae Jemison is an engineer, physician, astronaut, and the first African American woman in outer space. She was born in Alabama during the civil rights movement and was inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to achieve her dreams and fulfill her immense potential. She was incredibly gifted at both the sciences and the arts and enjoyed acting, dancing, and singing. In 1992, Jemison took her first and only mission into space where she conducted many investigations.



What you'll need: Learn how to make an astronaut costume here; bonus: wear tap shoes to represent Jemison's love of dance





Hypatia lived in the great city of Alexandria in Egypt during the years 350 to 415 CE. Unlike a majority of women during this time, Hypatia was respected in both politics and religion and ran a school where she taught philosophy and astronomy. Hypatia was a devoted mathematician and popularly refuted the idea that the sun and planets all revolve around the Earth. Many of her findings were lost when the Ancient Library of Alexandria was burned down in 642 CE.



What you'll need: Learn how to make an Ionic Chiton here; use rolled up pieces of paper for scrolls; sandals


Katherine Johnson



Katherine Johnson is a physicist, space scientist, and mathematician. She was hired by NASA because of her amazing skills in celestial navigation, which she used in missions like Project Mercury and Apollo 11. She calculated the path for the space flight of Alan Shepard, the first American in space. Katherine was one of the first African American women to work in a leadership role at NASA and overcame many hardships to achieve her position in history.



What you'll need: Vintage 1960's dress; large-framed glasses; map of the galaxy; NASA pin


Mary Anning



Mary Anning is often described as “the greatest fossilist the world ever knew” because of her contributions to paleontology (the study of dinosaurs). Anning was born in Great Britain in 1799 to a pair of fossil collectors. She developed both a passion and a talent for fossil collecting and helped find fossils of the first ichthyosaur and plesiosaur. Her discoveries helped the scientific community understand Earth history and geology.



What you'll need: A large dress, a bonnet, a basket to carry fossils, toy fossils, a notebook to record findings,








Antonia Novello



Dr. Antonia Novello was both the first woman and first Hispanic person to serve as the Surgeon General of the United States. During her term as Surgeon General, Dr. Novello shifted the national focus to health issues concerning women, children, and minorities.



What you'll need: Learn how to make a surgeon costume here

Posted by Miranda Clark at 6:11 PM
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