Lesson Plan

Dr. Gates and the Nature of the Universe

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What do Russian nesting dolls have to do with physics? They make a great demonstration tool for explaining Dr. Sylvester James Gates, Jr.'s string theory to young scientists. A two-part lesson first introduces learners to Dr. Gates' life growing up in the segregated south and his work as a theoretical physicist. Part two of the lesson focuses on Gates' string theory. This is where the nesting dolls come into play. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Set aside 15-20 minutes to prepare required materials
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires a free account to access some of the videos on the HistoryMakers website
  • Groups need access to devices with internet connections to view the interview
  • A set of Russian nesting dolls is required for the string theory demonstration
  • Included are video interviews with Gates and his NOVA article that explains his string theory of physics
  • None