By the time children are in kindergarten and first grade, they have already developed many misconceptions about the world. Often, children this age believe that scientists are white, old men who work in a laboratory—like Einstein. One of the goals of this lesson is to dispel this myth and show students that anyone can be a scientist, even kids their age.
Students first explore their current ideas about scientists by drawing a picture of what they think a scientist looks like. Then, they go beyond these stereotypes by looking at pictures of different scientists and developing a list of characteristics that scientists share. These activities set the stage for Module 2, during which students learn about the specific work of scientists involved in research about the brain.
Of the 6.4 million scientists and engineers in the United States, 1.8 million of them were women. 4.2 million were white, 1.3 million were Asian, 308,000 were Black, and 387,000 were Hispanic. These scientists work in a variety of disciplines, including biology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics, mathematics, engineering, and the earth sciences. As more and more discoveries are being made, additional disciplines in the sciences are emerging. (Source: NSF, 2017 https://nsf.gov/statistics/2017/nsf17310/data.cfm)
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NIDA. (2009, September 1). Brain Power: Grades K-1. Retrieved from https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/brain-power/brain-power-grades-k-1