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Science and citizenship

Air the points made in the article, but choose your own favourite character and prepare a Powerpoint presentation. Include a picture, key dates, details of the scientific area the character worked in; what was known at the time; what the characterperson did and how their work changed ideas in their field. Science has a deep rich fund of brilliant, fascinating and occasionally eccentric characters to consider, such as Carrothers, Haber, Feynman, Mendel - too many to list. A good starting point might be the Nobel prize site www.nobel.se Follow up your presentation by asking groups to copy your template for a number of scientists. The web will come into its own, as will their understanding and genuine interest in "proper" scientists. Save their presentations or posters for future science or citizenship lessons, or for a potential assembly. Invite a local scientific panel to talk to the class or year group about their work.

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