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Women's Adventures in Science

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Author:National Academy of Sciences
Description: This project of the National Academy of Sciences showcases contemporary women in science, and highlights for young people the varied careers of some of today's most prominent scientists. The site draws from and accompanies Women's Adventures in Science, a ten-volume series of biographies written for middle-school-aged students. Each of the ten scientists -- forensic anthropologist Diane France, wildlife biologist Amy Vedder, planetary astronomer Heidi Hammel, physicist Shirley Ann Jackson, climate scientist Inez Fung, planetary geologist Adriana Ocampo, robot designer Cynthia Breazeal, sociologist Marta Tienda, neuropsychologist Nancy Wexler, and biomechanist Mimi Koehl -- participated in her respective book's creation by sharing details about her life; providing personal photographs to help illustrate the story; making family, friends, and colleagues available for interviews; and explaining her scientific specialty. The site includes a guide for parents and teachers; science labs titled Moon Gazing, Planetary Roll Call, Family Gene Tree, Casting for Clues (forensics), Off to the Races ("how can I make a car go faster?"), Pet Detective, Story by Numbers (sociology), Cookie Quarry, Life in a Bottle ("how does a greenhouse work?"), and Stretch-O-Meter (biomechanics), each with its own journalling activity; games called Gorilla Quest, AstroScope, and Make a Robot; the interactive comic book Creating Kismet the Robot; seven video clips showing Cynthia Breazeal and Kismet in action; and an interactive "time travel timeline" profiling female scientists of the past and present. Requires JavaScript and Flash.

Levels: Late Elem. (3-5), Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)
Languages: English
Resource Types: Multimedia, Lesson Plans and Activities, Problems/Puzzles, Fun for Kids, Instructional Packages/Games, Web Interactive/Java
Math Topics: Engineering, Medicine/Health, Astronomy, Animal Biology, Human Biology, Computer Science, Ecology, Geology, Meteorology, Physics, Sociology/Anthropology
Math Ed Topics: Writing/Communication in Math, Women

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