She Changed the World… You Can Too with the Siemens WCCTWC!

Do you and your students love a challenge?!?  Here’s two for you…

1) Read and see if you can figure out who is the world changer described below.  Post your guess in the comment section.  We’ll send a gift to the first person to get it right.
2) What does WCCTWC mean?  Find out the answer at the end of the post.

This blog post brought to you by Renuka Ramchandran a student and member of Discovery Education’s Student Advisory Board from Ferguson High School in Miami-Dade County Schools.  Stay tuned for more posts by Discovery’s student leaders!

People change the world every single day, from small things to huge inventions we constantly use in our lives.  Many of our role models are famous people who have changed the world for the better. Your role model might even be the person I describe next.

How many facts do you think you will need before you get it?

  • This inspiring person is the youngest of four siblings.
  • This scientific thinker also lived in Poland until the age of 24 and then moved to Paris.

Do you know who it is, yet? Maybe this will help.

  • She met her husband and future scientific collaborator while he was an instructor at the School of Physics and Chemistry in Paris.

Getting closer? This interesting fact might get you there.

  • To help pay for her a sibling to study medicine, this scholar took a position as a governess.
  • After changing the world, she died of pernicious anemia due to overexposure to the very thing she was researching.

It’s on the tip of your tongue, isn’t it?

  • Her husband quit his own work on magnetism to join her in her research!

You know it now, don’t you?

  • She was the first female professor at University of Paris and the first person to be honored with two Nobel Prizes.
  • She is best known for her research involving radiation. In fact, she was the first to use the term  “radioactive” to describe elements that give off radiations as their nuclei break down.  She won the Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery of radium and polonium!
  • Her discoveries about radiation helped lead to the development of chemotherapy, which has proven an effective treatment for many cancers.

Okay, let’s see if you figured it out!  Post to the comment section now your guess on this world changer.  Let us know if you have been impacted by her discoveries as well.  We’ll send a prize to the first person to post the correct name.

More about the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge:

The future is ours to shape. How will you change the world?   We’re thrilled to introduce you to the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, WCCTWC, the nation’s premier sustainability competition that gives students the inspiration and free tools to make a difference. Using the fundamental of project-based scientific inquiry, K-12 students are given the tools to identify an ecological problem, research it and determine how their green solution can be replicated by other communities that face similar challenges.  Join us to learn about how to get actively involved, make a difference, and possibly even win a prize package as more than $300,000 in prizes including scholarships, savings bonds, once-in-a-lifetime adventure trips, assemblies with Discovery Channel personalities and much more are at stake. Register here for our first webinar on October 26th at 7pm EST to learn more.  To begin researching now go to




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