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Women are Popping up in Technology
Overview Procedures for Teachers Organizers for Students

This is a design project for which students write and construct a pop-up book about women's contributions to technology and science. Students gain information about famous women and learn basic paper engineering. Learners then choose a famous woman or several women to study and write about. Using wNetSchool's Animated Demonstration, they will cooperatively create and write a children's pop-up story. Creations are then shared with younger students.

This "hands-on" activity allows students to learn about geometric properties and relationships through a creative medium. It provides students with an opportunity for hands-on learning.

Grade Level:


Subject Matter:

Technology Education, Science, Language Arts, Art

Curricular Uses:

Technology Education:
History of Technology

Science in Personal and Social Perspectives, History of Science, Paper Engineering

Language Arts:
Writing, Public Speaking

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Evaluate information found in their research.
  • Apply critical thinking, decision making, and problem solving skills.
  • Write in a clear, concise, organized language for a specific audience.
  • Speak in front of an audience.
  • Explain how women have contributed to the advancement of science and technology.
  • Develop a spatial sense and an ability to use geometric properties and relationships.
  • Design and create a pop-up book.

Use of Internet:

Students use the Internet to conduct Web research. They explore several interactive sites about women's contributions to science and technology. In addition, they visit several Web sites that provide instructions for basic pop-up engineering.

This lesson was developed by Susan McGowen, wNetSchool Master Teacher, and was funded by the Louis Calder Foundation.