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The activities in this lesson provide students with an understanding of the diversity of the scientific enterprise, and the people engaged in the work. Teachers should emphasize the diversity to be found in the scientific community: different kinds of people (in terms of race, sex, age, nationality) pursuing different sciences and working in different places (from isolated field sites to labs to offices). Students learn that some scientists and engineers use huge instruments (e.g., particle accelerators or telescopes), and others use only notebooks and pencils. Most of all, students begin to realize that doing science involves more than scientists and that many different occupations are part of the scientific enterprise.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Intermediate (3-5)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Lesson plan
  • History and philosophy of science
Technical requirements:
No specific technical requirements, just a browser required
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Copyright AAAS 2002. All rights reserved.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-005-558
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • K-4:
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Understanding about scientific inquiry
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Sci. / tech. in local challenges
      • G - History and nature of science:
        • Science as a human endeavor
Related resources:
This resource is referenced by 'Science Netlinks'
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: American Association for the Advancement of Science, Science NetLinks