Lesson Plan

The Physical Sciences at Women's Colleges

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After a brief introduction to the history of women's colleges in the United States and a discussion of the resistance such institutions faced, young scientists investigate seven traditionally women's colleges and their physics programs. Using what they have learned, groups create a brochure for their chosen institution that spotlights the physics program.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Use during March's Women's History Month
  • Post the brochures, next to the map, for the colleges on classroom walls
Classroom Considerations
  • Groups require access to devices with internet connections
  • Requires copies, one per participant, of the "Analyzing Historical Photographs Worksheet"
  • Copies of "AIP Physics at Women's Colleges Selection Table," one per group, are also required
  • An introductory essay provides background information for teachers and/or pupils
  • None