Break gender, handicap, age, and racial stereotypes in your science classroom. I love using this lesson during the first few days of school to hammer home the concept that scientists don't have to be old white guys in lab coats. My female and minority students really respond to the information in this lesson.
This lesson includes a 40 slide PowerPoint with color images and a student note page to guide student focus during the PowerPoint presentation. The PowerPoint includes three activities that lend themselves well to class discussions on hot topics such as gender barriers and funding controversies in the science world. For example, one activity has students vote on how to spend a large sum of "funding" to highlight biases and the importance of diversity in the science community. There are teacher notes on how to facilitate the activities and discussions.
This is one of my favorite lessons to use with my biology classes. This would work well in any secondary level science classroom, including earth-space science, chemistry, and physics.
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