Science & Innovation
Women have always played a foundational role in science, technology, engineering, and math—from biologists protecting endangered species to astronomers mapping the universe to the "hidden figures" who solved mathematical equations for space flight.
Learn the stories of these women or explore more collections related to women in science.
Grades 6–8. Time: Variable (1–2 class periods). Aligned with C3 standards.
In this conversation guide, students will learn about pilot Bessie Coleman, an innovator who sought to create change for her community. In exploring her story as the first woman of African American and Native American descent to earn a pilots license, students will examine the question: How do we bring change to our community?
Smithsonian American Women
Remarkable objects and stories of strength, ingenuity, and vision from the National Collection.Buy the Book