Students’ e-course: Outstanding Marie and radioactivity

Introduction

Welcome to this e-course.

In this e-course lesson:

  • We hope that you will enjoy the story of outstanding Marie Curie and radioactivity.
  • You will realize that science is advanced through research and experimentation by comparing Curie’s and Becquerel’s contribution to science.
  • You will realize that “Scientific endeavors are highly creative” and that “Science is influenced by historical, cultural, and social factors”.
  • You will summarize the story.
  • You will learn about Marie Curie’s contribution to modern Medicine.

 

This e-lesson has six activities that require approximately 90 minutes to complete. In the beginning of each activity you will read what you are going to learn and the time required to complete it. However, if you feel interested in the topic presented here you will find initial resources to further your studies. All activities have enough space to write in if you print them.

 

 

1st Activity: Getting to know outstanding Marie and radioactivity

When you finish this activity you will have learned the story of outstanding Marie Curie and the radioactivity.

time required:  15’

You will watch a video with a narration about the work of outstanding Marie Curie and radioactivity.

 

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2nd Activity: The characters in the story about  outstanding Marie and radioactivity

This activity will help you to locate the characters within the story of  outstanding Marie and radioactivity and also to attribute them with a characteristic you find appropriate.

time required:  10’

Write down the names of the characters involved and find an adjective that you think is suitable for each character of the story.

Names of characters

Adjective

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3rd Activity: The structure of the story

This activity will help you summarise the story of  outstanding Marie and radioactivity.

time required:  15’

Try to write the answers to the following activities. You may go back to the video or the text of the story [links] whenever you need it. Note with a sentence the beginning (1), the middle (2), and the end (3) of the story.

 
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**Which is the turning point in this story?

 

 

4th Activity: The nature of science

This activity will help you think that “Scientific endeavors are highly creative.” and that “Science is influenced by historical, cultural, and social factors”. These are essential ideas about the Nature of Science.

time required:  15’

Describe the difficulties that Marie Curie faced focusing on those that were related to her being a woman.

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Describe how the creativeness of Marie Curie played a crucial role in her discovery.

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5th Activity: The science behind radioactivity

This activity will help you better understand the story of outstanding Marie Curie and the radioactivity.

time required:  15’

The couple Curie studied the  “Becquerel rays”. Search the internet for further information on Becquerel’s discovery.

Here are only some webpages about Becquerel’s experiments:

http://www.nuffieldfoundation.org/practical-physics/henri-becquerel-discovers-radioactivity

http://www.chem.duke.edu/~jds/cruise_chem/nuclear/discovery.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7HNAmmSc7U)

What did the Curie couple contributed to the existing Becquerel research?

Fill in the following table to show Curie’s contribution:

 

Becquerel’s discovery and its significance

Curie’s discovery and its significance

The differences between the Becquerel’s and Curie’s discoveries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6th Activity: Marie Curie’s contribution to modern Medicine

This activity will help you realize the contribution of Marie Curie to modern Medicine.

time required:  20’

Use the internet to find information about Marie Curie’s contribution to modern Medicine. At some point you will realise that Marie Curie’s motivation was not focused on money.

Create a mind-map about Marie Curie’s contribution to modern Medicine. You can also use free software (e.g. CMAP toolshttp://cmap.ihmc.us/, Freemind http://sourceforge.net/projects/freemind/ and Bubble.us https://bubbl.us/). Don’t forget to include a comment about her conscious decision not to patent methods of processing radium or its medical applications. Here are some indicative webpages:

http://www.mariecurie.org.uk/en-gb/who-we-are/marie-curie-biography/

http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/blMarieCurie.htm

 

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