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Women Life Scientists: Past, Present, and Future

Women Life Scientists: Past, Present, and Future

This book of 20 life sciences modules is designed to increase students' exposure both to female science role models and to hands-on, inquiry approach activities, as recommended by the National Science Education Standards. The inquiry-based modules are designed to drop easily into middle and high school life sciences curricula, not to "add on." Each module includes: a brief biography of a female science role model and hands-on, inquiry approach, and/or problem-solving life sciences activities with a multidisciplinary focus. Role models include both contemporary and historical women, women of color, and women with physical disabilities. Each activity is related to the work of the role model. Activity format includes suggestions for teachers, assessment ideas, and handouts for students.... Show More


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Nancy J. Pelaez
Nancy J. Pelaez (Faculty)
18 years ago
I have used these lessons in a high school classroom with predominantly students
from sectors of our community that are under-represented in the sciences. I
was astounded at how much my students appreciated these lessons. These are
inquiry-based lessons that work, but they also show that all kinds of people can
become real scientists.

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Only two lessons are available without cost. The other 18 lessons in the book
are equally engaging for students. When I was in Indiana, we located funds (a
CampusCompact Minigrant) so that we could purchase enough copies to "loan" these
books to high school science teachers who were working with scientists.