Gilroy Chow

Gilroy Chow

Gilroy Chow is a Mississippian responsible for helping the first people go to the moon. In addition to his accomplishments as an engineer, Chow has worked to preserve the heritage of Chinese people who live in the Mississippi Delta. Chow’s life today is rooted in his heritage, childhood, and engineering accomplishments.

Heritage

Gilroy Chow’s heritage has always been very important to him. His father emigrated to New Orleans from China in 1916. Gilroy grew up in Cleveland, MS and still lives in the Mississippi Delta today. Proud of both his Chinese and Mississippian heritage, Mr. Chow now serves as the president of the Mississippi Delta Chinese Heritage Museum.

Discussion

K-3rd Grade

  1. Have you always lived in the same place?

4th-6th Grade

  1. What is your heritage?

Vocabulary

K-3rd Grade

  • Important (adjective): very special to something or someone 

4th-6th Grade

  • Heritage (noun): traditions, knowledge, skills, and other traits passed down from those who lived before you 
  • Emigrate (verb): to move to a new place permanently

Childhood

As a child, Gilroy loved taking systems apart and putting them back together. When Gilroy was a Scout, he would stare up at the stars with his friends and dream about what it might be like on the moon. Eventually, Gilroy used his engineering skills to help the world realize his dream and put the first person on the moon!

Discussion

K-3rd Grade

  1. What do you love to do?

4th-6th Grade

  1. What is your dream? 
  2. What do you daydream about?

Vocabulary

K-3rd Grade

  • Skill (noun): the ability to do something specific 
  • Stars (noun): bright objects in space that produce their own light

4th-6th Grade

  • System (noun): a set of things working together to accomplish a certain mechanical purpose

 Engineering

Gilroy was encouraged by his scoutmaster to pursue new adventures in engineering. He began by taking small objects apart and putting them back together to work more efficiently. When he was older, Gilroy studied engineering at Mississippi State University. His education in Mississippi prepared him for future engineering opportunities, including spacecraft and conveyor projects!

Discussion

K-3rd Grade

  1. What do you like to build?

4th-6th Grade

  1. Who inspires you? 
  2. What do you like to study?

Vocabulary

K-3rd Grade

  • Begin (verb): to start doing something 
  • Spacecraft (noun): a vehicle made for travel in outer space

4th-6th Grade

  • Engineering (noun): the field of science associated with designing, building, and problem-solving for machines, engines, and other structures 
  • Efficiently (adverb): describing an action which functions well, often quickly

Discussion

K-3rd Grade

  1. What problems can you solve? 
  2. What is something good you did that wasn’t easy?

4th-6th Grade

  1. Have you ever worked especially hard on something? What was it? 
  2. Who do you want to help?

Vocabulary

K-3rd Grade

  • Help (verb): to make something easier for someone or something 
  • Astronaut (noun): a person who takes part in space flight

4th-6th Grade

  • Aspiring (adjective): putting one’s hopes and efforts toward a certain goal 
  • Encourage (verb): to support and motivate someone toward a certain goal