|Topic C Science in Society
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Goal: Discover various science disciplines and their contributions to society.
[standards: NS.5-12.5, NS.5-12.7, NL-ENG.K-12.8]
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First some myths about science are dispelled. Then types of Scientists and some of their recent discoveries are discussed. Those fields with the highest employment opportunity projections are introduced including Biological, Medical, Environmental, Market-Survey, and Psychology fields. Opportunities are given for class discussion and individual presentations regarding famous scientists and their discoveries.
Representative pictures have been provided for each branch of science to inspire class discussions. Additionally, a timeline of significant achievements in the modern scientific revolution is given. However, it is generally up to the teacher and the class to research the suggested Internet links and identify information that will engage the class in discussions.
Begin class with dramatic (and hopefully inspiring) images that relate to various branches of science. Use the images to direct class discussion about the role that each scientist has in society. Use timeline of discoveries to direct class discussion about the impact that science has had on society. Allow students to individually research various related topics and then present their findings to the class.
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