Share the importance of the contributions of women in science with your students. Bring classrooms to life with MY HERO's Multimedia Resources and Lesson Plan for Teachers. Includes discussion guide and learning outcomes.
Get Inspired by Films Celebrating Women in Science
Students watch the following three films and consider the discussion questions.
Breaking Boundaries is an interactive celebration of history’s most influential women scientists such as Grace Hopper and Marie Curie.
This excerpt from: The Secrets of the Universe, features Dr. Santona Ruli a student of nuclear physics shares her involvement with CERN.
Learn about Dr. Gail Brown, PhD., a trailblazer for women in science and a renowned research physicist at the Air Force Research Laboratory.
Stories Celebrating Women Scientists
Stories for students to read before considering the discussion questions.
There are stories that include an audio link allowing students to listen as they read along.
Mae Jemison dreamed of going to space since childhood and was the first black woman to travel in space when she served as a mission specialist aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour.
Dilfuza Egamberdiyeva cares for the Earth's soil, researching ways to produce microbes to control plant diseases.
Learn about the Collaboration between Elizabeth Lee Hazen and Rachel Fuller Brown Through These Two Stories
One of the most famous collaborations in the history of American medical science was between two women: Elizabeth Lee Hazen and Rachel Fuller Brown.
Rachel Fuller Brown and Elizabeth Lee Hazen co-developed an anti-fungal antibiotic.
Stories with Text and Audio:
Great for ESL Students and Emerging Readers
Her story was hidden for decades: Katherine Johnson plotted multiple flight courses for NASA, including the Apollo 11 spacecraft, the first spaceship to reach the moon.
Andrea Mia Ghez is an astrophysicist best known for her discoveries about the black hole at the center of our galaxy.
Rosalind Franklin's work was central to the understanding of the molecular structures of DNA.
Dr. France Cordova is a renowned astrophysicist who has broken gender and cultural barriers.
1. What character traits did these women demonstrate that allowed them to break through the gender barrier that existed in their chosen field of science?
2. What challenges did these women face and how did they overcome them?
3. What contributions to scientific discovery have been credited to these science heroes?
4. Why is it important to ensure full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls?
The International Day of Women and Girls in Science lesson plan was created by MY HERO Education Outreach Director Laura Nietzer.
Even More MY HERO Resources to Use in the Classroom
Students can share their Hero Essays, Films and Art through our Create Program
MY HERO editors are always on the lookout for outstanding stories, art, films or essays submitted through our Create program. Your student's work could be featured on MY HERO's homepage, the Story homepage, Gallery homepage, Audio homepage and on our social media accounts! In addition, MY HERO recognizes exemplary student work with: gift certificates, certificates of participation, t-shirts and promotion on social media.
Students can enter contests and win prizes! MY HERO has all kinds of contests. Take a look at our contests page and find one that lets your student shine.
All student can enter for free. Students must email for a waiver code to submit their films for free to the MY HERO International Film Festival.
Organizer created on 1/20/2020 12:33:45 PM by Laura Nietzer
Last edited 2/9/2021 4:21:52 PM by Xenia Shin