Process

STEP ONE - Choose a Famous Scientist / Inventor

This is probably the hardest but most important step - you must choose the scientist / inventor you wish to learn more about. Your person should be one that is interesting to you, but one that will not be too difficult or time consuming.

Be careful to choose a person that has contributed something important in the area of science and/or invention. Ideas for possible persons can be found in:

Finally, be careful not to bite off more than you can chew. Don't pick someone that will require too much research before you can even get started.

POSSIBLE SCIENTIST / INVENTORS

This is a very incomplete listing - click on each scientist / inventor to read a brief summary and discover more about them.

| Archimedes of Syracuse | Alexander Graham Bell | Marie and Pierre Curie | Nicholas Copernicus | Galileo Galilei | Louis Pasteur | Thomas Alva Edison | Albert Einstein | Benjamin Franklin | Robert Goddard | Michael Faraday | Henry Ford | Orville and Wilbur Wright | Sir Isaac Newton | Leonardo da Vinci | Tycho Brahe | Alfred Nobel | Charles Darwin | Gregor Mendel | Anton van Leeuwenhoek | Edwin Hubble | Johann Gutenburg | William Harvey | James Watt | Sir Charles Lyell | Michael Faraday | Guglielmo Marconi | Neils Bohr | Sir Alexander Fleming | Bill Gates | Another Scientist/Inventor from this list |

STEP TWO - Beginning the Project and Writing the Biography

STEP THREE - Doing Your Project

Scientists set up laboratories to do their research in. In the same way, you should look for a place in your home where you can work on your project. Think of it as your "lab". If you live in a house, perhaps a table in the basement would do. Perhaps you could use a spare room or just a corner in your bedroom. Much will depend on how messy the materials are that you will be using.

Draw, photocopy, and cut-out materials you will be using to display. Decide on the titles and sub-titles you will be using and the size of lettering you will have. Then cut out the letters. Remember that a well-organized and attractive display will help attract people to your project.

Finally, try to find scientific principles, ideas, or projects that your scientist or inventor did that you could demonstrate or build as part of your display. This will add a great deal to the overall interest of your project and will make for a dynamic presentation.

STEP FOUR - Presenting Your Project

Learning about a scientist/inventor's biography is only part of the fun. It becomes even more exciting when you are given the opportunity to share your findings with your classmates or with others. The next step is to present your project to your teacher and to others. Your teacher will be evaluating you on your presentation using the following scoring rubric. For purposes of your presentation, you should know how to make an attractive display board, and how to make an interesting oral presentation.

Display Board

A scientist/inventor biography display board is a stand-up unit that will hold your drawings, graphs, charts and photographs. It should be as attractive as possible. One way to make a display board is to put together three pieces of plywood with screws and hinges. An easier way is to make two bends in a large piece of cardboard.

Once the board is made, it can be painted or covered with backing paper. Try not to make it too elaborate. The board should not distract your audience from the charts, diagrams, graphs, and photographs you may want to mount on it.

Do all of your lettering very carefully. Models or equipment can be placed in front of the board, along with your written report.

Oral Presentation

You will be asked to give an oral report on your famous scientist / inventor. Here are several points to keep in mind:

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