The Face of Science

Source Institution

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
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Learners draw pictures of how they envision scientists. By comparing and discussing the features in their pictures, they can discover common thoughts and stereotypes about scientists. The activity includes links to websites showing a great diversity of scientists. Learners can view and discuss, to expand how they envision scientists--and potentially picture themselves as scientists. When learners set up a free account at Kinetic City, they can answer bonus questions at the end of the activity as a quick assessment. As a larger assessment, learners can complete the Bug Blaster game after they've completed several activities.

Quick Guide

  • Preparation Time: Under 5 minutes
  • Learning Time: 10 to 30 minutes
  • Estimated materials cost: free
  • Age Range: Ages 8 - 11
  • Resource Type: Activity
  • Language: English

Materials List (per group of students)

  • Paper
  • Drawing materials (colored pencils, crayons, markers)
  • Computer with online access
  • Mouse

Informal Category

  • Arts and Crafts


  • The Nature of Science
    • Science as a Career

To use this activity learners need to

  • see
  • read
  • use mouse
  • touch

Learning styles supported

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Components that are part of this resource

Includes assessments for student learning:


American Association for the Advancement of Science


All Rights Reserved, American Association for the Advancement of Science, ©2009

Funding sources

  • National Science Foundation



Deborah Lee Rose
Scientists in the Field books

The Scientists in the Field series, including books such as "The Bug Scientists" and "The Snake Scientist," would be great connections for expanding learners' view of scientists and their work.