Contemporary

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
Accessibility logos

Students will learn about different disabilities, how they affect a scientist's ability to participate in academic conferences, and the policies intended to lessen their obstacles.

Guide subjects: 
Grade level(s): 
9-12
College
Prep time: 
20-30 minutes
In-class time: 
65-90 minutes
Project Engineer William Conway (left) and Principal Investigator Dr. George Carruthers (right) with the Apollo 16 far ultraviolet camera/spectrograph instrument.

Students will learn about African Americans involved in astronomy and astrophysics, from the 1700s when astronomy was used as a practical tool to the twentieth century space race, using primary and secondary documents.

Grade level(s): 
6-8
9-12
Prep time: 
10-15 minutes for each part
In-class time: 
Two parts, 45-60 minutes each
L-R: Andrew Granato, Gordon Baym, Charles Slichter, and Lillian Hoddeson converse at the History Solid State Physics Meeting.

Students will learn about subtle discrimination, its negative effects on the careers of women in physics and astronomy, and strategies to eliminate it from the workplace and classroom.

Grade level(s): 
9-12
Prep time: 
15-30 minutes
In-class time: 
50-70 minutes
American Physical Society logo

Students will learn about the contributions of contemporary women to physics, astronomy, and related disciplines. They will also explore careers and the significance of professional societies in physics.

Guide subjects: 
Grade level(s): 
6-8
9-12
College
Prep time: 
15 minutes
In-class time: 
60-90 minutes
Young women conducting an experiment in the Physics Laboratory, Wellesley College

Students will learn about the history of women's colleges and their role in physical science education by exploring several key institutions that offer physical science degrees.

Grade level(s): 
9-12
Prep time: 
15-20 minutes
In-class time: 
70-90 minutes
A Class in Mathematical geography at Hampton Institute studying the earth's rotation around the Sun. Hampton, Virginia, ca 1899.

Students will research the history of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and examine several institutions that offer degrees in the physical sciences.

Grade level(s): 
9-12
Prep time: 
15-20 minutes
In-class time: 
65-95 minutes
Dorrit Hoffleit

Students will learn about the life and career of female astronomers through their own words.

Grade level(s): 
9-12
Prep time: 
15 minutes
In-class time: 
65-100 minutes
Kitt Peak National Observatory

Students will learn, through research and debate, about the conflicts that can arise between astronomical and local communities over the construction of observatories.

Guide subjects: 
Grade level(s): 
9-12
College
Prep time: 
15-20 minutes
In-class time: 
70-120 minutes
American Physical Society Logo

Students will learn about racially and professionally diverse physicists.

Guide subjects: 
Grade level(s): 
6-8
9-12
College
Prep time: 
10-15 minutes
In-class time: 
65-70 minutes

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