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Save 40% off individual prices! Students learn more about diverse women scientists with 4 engaging activities. Includes a women in science webquest, 3 scientist biographies with corresponding questions, and an engaging (5½ feet long!) timeline project.
Women in STEM Reading & Questions: Rosalind Franklin: Includes 1-page scientist biography about Rosalind Franklin's contributions to the discovery of the structure of the DNA molecule, and the lack of credit that was given her. Before they read, students are given 9 words that appear in the text (decipher, essential, crucial, etc.) to look up in a dictionary and define. They then read the passage, and answer 3 text-dependent questions.
NASA Scientist Valerie Thomas Biography & Questions: Valerie Thomas was a highly successful African American NASA scientist during a time that females, particularly black women, were shunned by the scientific community. She played a vital role 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. Students read a 2-page reading about her life and scientific accomplishments then answer 10 text-dependent reading comprehension questions related to Thomas' scientific work.
Dr. Jane Wright Biography & Questions: Reviews the scientific method! Dr. Jane C. Wright revolutionized cancer research, and her work has had implications for cancer treatment to this day. In this assignment, students read a 2-page biography about her life and scientific accomplishments, then answer 10 text-dependent reading comprehension questions focusing primarily on the major steps of the scientific method viewed through Dr. Wright's work.
Women Scientists of Yesterday and Today WEBQUEST: Students use the internet to research 12 significant historical female scientists as well as 4 lesser-known female scientists that are active in their fields today. A variety of scientists from different countires and different fields of science are included with dates ranging from the 1800's through today. Students find information about year and place of birth, colleges attended, scientific accomplishments, and other interesting facts.
Women in the Sciences TIMELINE PROJECT: EASY TO PRINT AND GO - everything you need is included for science students to assemble an Achievements of Female Scientists timeline or bulletin board. Two versions are provided - Version One requires students to research 35 scientists (names and important dates given) and Version Two gives them 35 pre-made biography cards. The only supplies necessary are copier paper, glue and colored pencils. A variety of scientists from around the world are included with dates ranging from 1200 BCE through today. This project works well when assigned as paired or group project. As printed (several 8.5"x11" pages), this timeline is about 5½ feet long, so it also makes a great Women's History Month bulletin board.
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Scientist Images Credit: Wikimedia Commons
Timeline Photo: ©Next Generation Science Source