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Julie Des Jardins, historian of American women and gender
“The Science and Technology of Marie Curie provides young readers with far more than the standard details of a scientist’s discoveries. Readers will come to understand the scientific, social, political, and cultural context in which Marie Curie became a scientific thinker, a reluctant celebrity, and a woman devoted to humanity, motherhood, and ‘science for science’s sake.’”
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Who gets to do science? During a time when most people would answer, “Men,” Marie Curie followed her passion for science and earned two Nobel Prizes!
In The Science and Technology of Marie Curie, readers ages 9 through 12 explore Curie’s groundbreaking scientific research in physics and chemistry and discover how this research forced people to rethink the very structure of their surrounding world . . . and the role of women within it. Her commitment to understanding that which the human eye could not see led to the discovery of two new elements—polonium and radium—and to the birth of a new field of research in radioactivity. In the process, she became the first woman to earn a Nobel Prize and the only person ever to win two Nobel Prizes in two different scientific fields, all as she reset ideas around women’s roles in society.
Through hands-on STEM activities, essential questions, text-to-world connections, and links to online resources, kids zoom in for a closer look into Curie’s world.
Try these hands-on chemistry projects!
- Design a 3-D model of the periodic table
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
Meet Marie Curie
The Making of a Mind
No Small Task
Helping and Healing
Glossary • Metric Conversions
Resources • Selected Bibliography
Essential Questions • Index