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Students will learn about the life and work of nuclear physicist Chien-Shiung Wu and explore the trend of scientists becoming public figures and activists.
Students will learn about the experiences of contemporary women astronomers and physicists through a comparative study of responses to the Women in Science and Engineering survey.
Students will read a real paper that was submitted to the Royal Society by a woman in 1911, and will learn about the connection between science and the development of technology.
Students will research the lives and work of some notable African American inventors, and then create an invention or patent of their own.
Students will learn about spectra, their connection to atomic absorption and emission, and how astronomer Margaret Huggins contributed to early spectral photography.
Students will research African American scientists who participated in Bell Labs’ Cooperative Research Fellowship Program, and those who worked at Bell Laboratories from the 1970s to the 1990s.
Students will learn about four African American astronauts who broke boundaries different ways and in different time periods.
Students will learn about the experiences of contemporary women astronomers through profiles assembled in the “She is an Astronomer” survey project.
In this lesson plan, students will learn about the “West Computers” or “West Area Computers” – a group of African-American women who worked as “human computers” at NASA Langley Research Center from the 1940s onward.
Students will learn about the professional and personal challenges faced by Lise Meitner and other female physicists in the mid-20th century.