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History of Science

History of Science

Students explore and research various scientific milestones and significant scientists. Students explore how scientific standards and thinking have changed through history. Students create reports, presentations, and displays of scientists and scientific advances. Equipment and materials with this unit include materials needed for creating and enhancing display board presentations.

Lesson 1: The Ancients

Students learn about ancient philosophers and scientists. They recreate Archimedes’s Principle in the lab.

Lesson 2: The Renaissance

Students learn about scientific advancements during the Renaissance period, including the work of Copernicus and Galileo. They do a hands-on experiment with acceleration.

Lesson 3: Isaac Newton

Students study Newton’s laws and verify some of them in the lab.

Lesson 4: Industrial Revolution

Students study scientific advances made during the Industrial Revolution, including Faraday, Mendeleev, and Doppler. Students also do a hands-on activity concerning the Doppler Effect.

Lesson 5: The Birth of Modern Biology

Students learn about the work of scientists such as Darwin, Mendel, and Pasteur. Students also grow a culture in the laboratory.

Lesson 6: The 20th Century: The Century of Scientific and Technological Advancement

Students study the works of such scientists as Einstein, Fleming, and Bohr. Students build a DNA model.

Lesson 7: Modern Science

Students look at the scientists of the 21st Century, including Hawking, Greene, and Damasio. Students choose an area of science and research a particular topic and scientist. They then write a report on their chosen topic and scientist.

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