As parents and educators, we know we must teach our kids skills to support scientific thinking. But, how do we encourage kids to explore science? Why not, share stories about Marie Curie? Scientists, like most kids, are curious and want to know answers. The great thing about studying scientists is there are many branches; so there surely is a topic to motivate all kids. Seems like a perfect match!
Hello Marie Curie! – December 2019
Marie was a scientist who grew up in Poland and went to school at the Sorbonne in Paris, France. She became very interested in X-rays and did experiments on an element called uranium. Marie named the term radioactivity. The two elements that she named were: Polonium after the country where she was born (Poland) and radium because of its strong ray. In 1903 Marie Curie was the first woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics. She died in 1934 from overexposure to radiation from her experiments. Today, there are lots of safety measures to keep people safe from overexposure from x-rays.
Facts about Marie Curie
- Marie was good friends with Albert Einstein, another famous scientist.
- The first woman to be a professor of Physics at the Sorbonne
- Marie’s daughter, Irene, also won a Nobel Prize for her work studying radiation.
- The Curie Institute in Paris is a major research facility in cancer research. It was found by Marie almost 100 years ago (1921).