In the realm of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) education, it’s crucial to recognize and celebrate the contributions of diverse figures who have significantly shaped our world. African American innovators, often unsung heroes in various fields, have made groundbreaking achievements that continue to influence our lives. This blog post is dedicated to integrating their stories into STEAM education, highlighting activities that not only educate but also inspire the next generation.
1. Science Exploration: The Legacy of African American Scientists
Let’s start by exploring the remarkable contributions of African American scientists. George Washington Carver’s agricultural innovations and Dr. Mae Jemison’s extraordinary journey as the first African American woman in space provide compelling stories for classroom discussions. Using books, videos, and interactive methods, we can dive into their achievements and their impact on science.
2. Technology and History: Digital Discovery
The digital era offers an immersive way to learn about historical figures. Interactive stories and educational games on tablets or computers can bring to life the stories of inventors like Garrett Morgan, known for his traffic signal invention, and Lewis Latimer, who improved the design of the carbon filament in light bulbs.
3. Engineering Challenge: Inspired by Innovators
Engage students in an engineering challenge inspired by Lonnie Johnson, inventor of the Super Soaker. These activities encourage students to build and create, understanding the engineering process. Exclusive Lesson for Pathway Members: Click Here to Learn More
4. Arts Corner: Celebrating African American Art
Art projects inspired by the likes of Alma Thomas, a renowned expressionist painter, or sculptor Augusta Savage, allow students to explore various artistic mediums. This fosters an appreciation for the rich cultural heritage and artistic innovation within the African American community. Exclusive Lesson for Pathway Members: Click Here to Learn More
5. Math in History: The Influence of African American Mathematicians
Incorporate mathematical activities inspired Katherine Johnson, whose calculations were critical to NASA’s space missions, and Benjamin Banneker, known for his almanacs and astronomical observations. Counting, sorting, and pattern activities can be framed within their historical contributions. Exclusive Lesson for Pathway Members: Click Here to Learn More
Integrating the achievements of African American innovators into STEAM education is essential in building a more inclusive and diverse learning environment. It encourages students to recognize the value of different perspectives and contributions, fostering a well-rounded understanding of the world and its history. Let’s continue to celebrate these extraordinary individuals and their lasting impact on our world.
We invite you to join us in this educational journey. Share your experiences or thoughts on incorporating the stories of African American innovators into your STEAM curriculum on social media @preschoolsteam. Together, let’s inspire a new generation of innovators and thinkers.