Bring #BlackHistoryMonth to the Classroom
February is Black History Month, a time to celebrate the accomplishments of African Americans throughout our history. Black Americans have made significant contributions to the STEM fields and continue to work tirelessly to innovate, explore, and find solutions to a host of issues. Whether it’s helping send humans to space, inventing technology for cataract treatment, breaking the glass ceiling, or empowering girls of color to become STEM innovators, these Black STEM rockstars have never met a challenge too great. That’s exactly what happens in the classrooms of Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellows and other educators across the country—each day, they work hard alongside of future STEM trailblazers, their students! To bring more inspiration into the classroom, WW created posters of prominent Black Americans in STEM, which can be downloaded through the links below.
Dr. Bath is the first African American to complete a residency in ophthalmology and the first African American female doctor to receive a medical patent. She pioneered laser surgery for cataracts, saving the vision of millions.
Ms. Bryant is an electrical engineer who founded Black Girls Code, a training course that teaches basic programming concepts to black girls who are underrepresented in tech careers.
|George Washington Carver
Born into slavery, Mr. Carver went on to become a botanist and one of the most prominent inventors of his time. He promoted alternative methods to prevent soil depletion and is most known for inventing over 300 peanut-derived products.
Dr. Dabiri is a Nigerian American biophysicist and professor of aeronautics and bioengineering. He is best known for his research of the hydrodynamics of jellyfish propulsion and the design of the vertical-axis wind farm adapted from schooling fish.
In 1992, Dr. Jemison became the first African American woman to travel in space. She is an engineer, astronaut, physician, professor, and founder of two tech companies.
During her years at NASA, Ms. Johnson blazed a trail for women of color in STEM, and, with her complex math calculations, enabled humanity to successfully achieve space flight.
Click here to download printable (8.5×11 inch) color versions of the posters.
Click here to download printable (8.5×11 inch) grey scale versions of the posters.