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The Face of Science

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    American Association for the Advancement of Science

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The Face of Science

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:

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 11

Resource Type:


Materials List (per group of students)

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


  • The Nature of Science
    • Science as a Career

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts


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 assesments for student learning

This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • American Association for the Advancement of Science


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

Funding Source:

  • National Science Foundation


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