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Portrait of Elmer Imes working in a laboratory

 Students will learn about Elmer Imes' experimental work on spectroscopy and how it was a turning point in modern applied physics.

Guide subjects: 
Grade level(s): 
9-12
Prep time: 
15-20 minutes
In-class time: 
60-80 minutes
Portrait of Elmer Imes

Students will learn about how the physicist Elmer Imes' became involved in the civil rights case of Juliette Derricotte and about racial segregation in the 1930s.

Guide subjects: 
Grade level(s): 
9-12
Prep time: 
15-20 minutes
In-class time: 
60-90 minutes
Star formation in the constellation Orion as photographed in infrared by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

Students will learn about different African cultures and the ways that they have understood what we know as the Orion constellation

Guide subjects: 
Grade level(s): 
9-12
Prep time: 
10 minutes
In-class time: 
55-60 minutes
Star formation in the constellation Orion as photographed in infrared by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

Students will learn about different African cultures and the ways that they have understood what we know as the Orion constellation.

Guide subjects: 
Grade level(s): 
6-8
Prep time: 
10-15 minutes
In-class time: 
40-45 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
Star formation in the constellation Orion as photographed in infrared by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

Students will learn about myths and constellations and how different African cultures have understood the stars.

Guide subjects: 
Grade level(s): 
4-5
Prep time: 
10-15 minutes
In-class time: 
40-45 minutes
Star formation in the constellation Orion as photographed in infrared by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

Students will learn about myths and constellations, and how different cultures have used them to understand the natural world.

Guide subjects: 
Grade level(s): 
1-3
Prep time: 
10-15 minutes
In-class time: 
30-60 minutes
Charles Pickering with Women Computers

Students will learn how women at Harvard Observatory coped with the discrimination they faced and partially overcame it to gain recognition for their efforts.

Guide subjects: 
Grade level(s): 
9-12
Prep time: 
10-15 minutes
In-class time: 
45-70 minutes
Jocelyn Bell Burnell sitting at her desk

Students will learn about the lack of recognition that plagued the careers of female scientists while developing research, reasoning, and debate skills. This lesson is intended for a high school or college level audience.

Guide subjects: 
Grade level(s): 
9-12
College
Prep time: 
30 minutes
In-class time: 
60+ minutes
Jocelyn Bell Burnell sitting at her desk

Students will learn about the lack of recognition that plagued the careers of female scientists while developing reasoning and debating skills.

Guide subjects: 
Grade level(s): 
6-8
Prep time: 
30 minutes
In-class time: 
45-90 minutes

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