What does a scientist look like?
Students are subjected to stereotypes every day. When I ask my students to draw what they think a scientist looks like, I usually see drawings that represent conventional fallacies: scientists are “crazy”, male, nerdy, they wear lab coats, glasses and have untamed hair.
So yesterday when I asked the 5th grade Science Wednesday students to draw what they think a scientist looks like, I was pleasantly surprised and impressed. The drawings were different than usual.
Congratulations, young scientists at Eastwood Elementary, for challenging unsound stereotypes around science. ANYONE can be a scientist– no matter your gender, age, occupation, race or economic status. If you study, ask questions, and remain curious you can be the next astronaut, wildlife biologist, doctor, or science enthusiast. Go Science Wednesday students!