Presidential Science Advisors

Presidential Science Advisors Mini-Research Project

Research Project for Inauguration Week or any week to celebrate current day scientists!

Did you also get excited this past week when you saw the list of presidential science advisors? Whatever political party you belong to, learning about scientists and celebrating science is exciting! I love learning about their accomplishments and I love to see them get recognized for their contributions in their fields.

As I read the news this week, a friend and I chatted about it and we realized it would be awesome to have a mini-research project for students to complete, to pretend that THEY are the President-Elect picking their own science advisors!

In this Google Slides Mini-Research Project, students will research current day scientists and select their own science advisors, pretending they are the President-Elect of the United States!

(Please note: there are no politics, no political parties, and no divisiveness intended in this resource. The goal is for students to learn about current day scientists and encourage students to think about the importance of science advisors.)

Editable Diverse List of Current Day Scientists

Diverse list of scientists included

In addition, I created a list of diverse scientists in a variety of fields to get students started in choosing their presidential science advisors. (I think it’s super important for students to see that scientists come from a wide variety of backgrounds.) The list is also editable in Masterview so teachers can easily add other scientists they want their students to research. I encourage them to look up other scientists they are interested in or have read about as well!¬†

Students will read about scientists in 6 different fields (biology, chemistry, physics, earth/space science, computer science/mathematics, and engineering) and they will make simple profile pages about each of their chosen advisors, explaining their choices. 

Students create simple profile pages for their chosen presidential science advisors

Available for Google Slides on Teachers Pay Teachers and Science with Mrs. Lau

The download includes a PDF with instructions on how to access and share the Google Slides document with your students.

This resource is available in my website store here and on Teachers Pay Teachers here.

(C) Bethany Lau

If you have any questions, suggestions, or corrections, please leave a question on the question and answer section of my store and I will get back to you quickly!

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