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Understanding science’s impact

Students will work in groups to analyze one of Science News' Top 10 science stories of 2018.
a composite photo of 10 different scientists

SN 10: Scientists to Watch

This guide introduces students to some of the scientists featured on the SN 10: Scientists to Watch list. Students can explore the questions that motivate these scientists and their myriad career paths.

The languages of the fields

Students will define key science terms from a range of scientific fields using contextual clues from Science News articles.

Telling two scientists’ stories

Students will answer questions based on the Science News articles "Flowing toward a sustainable future" and "Mapping stars across generations."

Article dissection for all

These comprehension questions can be used with any article from Science News.
Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking’s Legacy Will Live On

This guide reviews the life and work of Stephen Hawking and asks students to work individually or in small groups to derive equations and calculate a theoretical amount of Hawking radiation emitted by a black hole.

Escaping from a black hole

Students will come to better understand black holes and Hawking radiation by deriving expressions and calculating theoretical data that relate to these phenomena.

Mind over body

These discussion prompts focus on some of Stephen Hawking's most notable discoveries and ideas, as well as the disease that destroyed his nerve cells.

A life revisited

Students will explore and compare articles about Stephen Hawking and black holes from the Science News archive.

Remembering Stephen Hawking

Students will answer questions based on the Science News article "Stephen Hawking's legacy will live on."
MICROSCOPE experiment

Galileo Experiment Re-created in Space

This guide explores the equivalence prinicple, a foundation of Einstein's general theory of relativity, and the effects of low-gravity space environments on materials and the human body.

When science and gravity meet

These discussion prompts encourage students to explore concepts related to gravity and how scientists measure it.