Getting with the Program

This Getting with the Program lesson plan also includes:

A seven-step lesson introduces the emergence of computer sciences and the contributions women made to the profession after World War II. Several science experiments offer pupils a hands-on learning experience that showcases parabolas, electrical waves, and circuits. A virtual field trip takes participants to a museum to explore an exhibit about women innovators. Class members discuss what a stereotype is and how one can hinder an individual from going after their dream. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • If applicable, team-teach the lesson with your school's technology specialist—conduct the field trip portion of the lesson in the computer lab, invite the other teacher to assist and guide pupils in accessing information
  • Flip your classroom, direct pupils to explore the link at home for homework in preparation for an in-class discussion the following day 
  • Allow early finishers to play Angry Birds to boost the comprehension of a parabola
  • Conduct the lesson during Women's History Month 
Classroom Considerations

  • The lesson is intended to be split into three 20-minute increments 
  • Check the materials list and practice experiments before starting the lesson 
Pros

  • Encourages girls to explore professions in computer sciences 
  • The lesson combines science and history 
  • Offer homework or challenge opportunities for upper grades 
Cons

  • None