The Space Race's Impact on Math & Science Education in the U.S.


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The first man-made object to orbit Earth was _____.

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1. The _____ was a competition between America and Russia to lead in space exploration.

2. Education focused on science, math, technology, and engineering is called _____ education.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The space race was a crucial part of America in the mid-20th century, and this quiz focuses on how it impacted education at the time.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz tests your knowledge of the space race and education in the following ways:

  • Recall the first man-made object in space
  • Recognize relevant phrases when given the definition
  • Understand what education is called when it focuses on certain topics
  • Know the law that sent money to schools for science and math in the 1950s
  • Remember the name of the political standoff between Russia and America

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - draw the most important information from the related education lesson
  • Information recall - remember the knowledge you've gained about the space race
  • Knowledge application - use this information to successfully answer questions about how the space race affected American education

Additional Learning

If you want to learn more, the lesson titled The Space Race's Impact on Math & Science Education in the U.S. covers the following objectives:

  • Explain the history of Sputnik
  • Define the space race
  • Provide examples of education laws being passed as a result of the space race