Implementation of ‘March – the Month of Women in the History of Science’ (SOI-PT-193)

March – the Month of Women in the History of Science: Photograph of George Hitchings and Trudy Elion

Starting in February, we began to research the legacy of Nobel Prize laureates, paying attention to the role of Women in Science. The research, reflections, and work developed were integrated into the context of my Mathematics classes of students in 7th-grade. Many teaching materials were adapted to include historical contributions researched from Europeana.

Women in Science

Firstly, my students had to familiarize with the great achievements and contributions of women in the history of Science. In the classroom, we reflected on the role of women in Science, paying particular attention to Marie Curie’s findings, although we studied many other laureates in Science. The importance of mathematics as a fundamental subject for the study of Science was there. The history of these great Women (and Men too) could only encourage motivation to study and understand the importance of Science, mainly when we started to live in the context of the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Collaborative work

Secondly, students had to learn how to use cloud-based services and how to work collaboratively using shared online documents to gather information about women in Science. The students, in groups, have searched in Europeana for relevant information, consulting the “Pioneers Exhibition” and the Europeana Blog. They selected data and created a poster using Google Slides with pertinent details, also associating mathematical challenges. We published all groups’ submissions in a shared Google folder for everyone to consult.

It’s Quiz Time

As a next step, the students were divided into teams and they had to create a quiz using Socrative, Kahoot or Google Forms to present and test their knowledge. During the Covid-19 Pandemic, we use Google Classroom to interact and communicate, and each group has created a quiz presenting the research about their Women Scientist.

Quiz Marie Curie (Math Linear Equations)

Link to the quiz in English
Link to the quiz in Portuguese

To access the quizzes a Socrative account is needed.

Quiz Marie Curie (Math Linear Equations)

They had to develop between 6 to 8 questions about the life and achievements of the scientist, including mathematical challenges. Since then, every week, we have been launching a quiz created by the students. Everyone has to solve it to test their knowledge.

Final steps

In the end, we planned a synchronous session for teamwork reflections. They have to express the importance of the significant contributions of women in Science. The class will chat and discuss the importance of these achievements to our actual Pandemic world.

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