Physics

Portrait of Sally Ride.

In this lesson students will be learning about the first American woman in space, Sally Ride, as well as her work after NASA in outreach for young girls in astrophysics.

Guide subjects: 
Grade level(s): 
9-12
Prep time: 
10 min
In-class time: 
55-80 min
National Radio Astronomy Observatory's Very Large Array of radio/telescope dishes in Socorro, New Mexico.

In this lesson plan students will learn about Stellar seismology, a technique that was developed by the astronomy Wanda Diaz-Merced.

Guide subjects: 
Grade level(s): 
9-12
Prep time: 
20 min
In-class time: 
65 min
Victor Blanco at Kitt Peak National Laboratory, Tucson, Arizona

In this lesson students will learn about the life and work of Victor Blanco.

Guide subjects: 
Grade level(s): 
9-12
Prep time: 
30 min
In-class time: 
70 min
Los Alamos National Laboratory, courtesy AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives

In this lesson students will be learning about the life and work of Fred Begay, also known as Fred Young and Clever Hunter, the first Native American to earn a PhD in physics.

Guide subjects: 
Grade level(s): 
9-12
Prep time: 
30 min
In-class time: 
50 min

Students will learn about the life of experimental physicist Luis W. Alvarez, as well as his contributions to particle physics.

Guide subjects: 
Grade level(s): 
9-12
Prep time: 
10-15 min
In-class time: 
60-90 min
SACNAS Official Logo

Students will be introduced to the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), and consider the importance of diversity.

Grade level(s): 
9-12
Prep time: 
10-15 minutes
In-class time: 
35-60 minutes
Portrait of Albert Baez

Students will learn about the physicist Albert Baez, including his research, ideals, and efforts at improving international scientific education.

Guide subjects: 
Grade level(s): 
9-12
Prep time: 
15-25 minutes
In-class time: 
Text-based sections: 35-50 minutes; Experiment section: 25-40 minutes
Maria Goeppert Mayer and Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin

Students will learn about the institutionalized discrimination of women scientists and their struggles for employment.

Guide subjects: 
Grade level(s): 
9-12
Prep time: 
15-20 minutes
In-class time: 
50 or 100 minutes
Portraits of Mary Somerville and Jane Marcet

Students will learn about the significance of scientific writing, the significance of two writers from the early eighteen hundreds, and will practice writing themselves. 

Guide subjects: 
Grade level(s): 
9-12
Prep time: 
20-30 minutes
In-class time: 
55-105 minutes
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Physics Department in 1916.  Della Rogers is the only woman present.

Female scientists have often struggled for recognition because of their gender.  Students will learn about some of these less well-known figures in the history of science.

Guide subjects: 
Grade level(s): 
9-12
Prep time: 
15-30 minutes
In-class time: 
35-60 minutes

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