Black History Month
In 1926 Carter G. Woodson, a historian and the “Father of Black History” created a weeklong celebration referred to as “Negro History Week”, the aim was to make African American history accessible to everyone. It wasn’t until 1976 that Black History month became a month-long celebration across the country.
Black History month is a time of remembrance, a time to honor the enduring accomplishments and contributions made by African Americans. It’s important to recognize Black history as an integral part of American history. This year’s theme: The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity.
The following are a few of the many African American scientists, engineers, and mathematicians whose work led to game-changing discoveries and inventions. George Washington Carver, Dr. Marie M. Daly, Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson, Dorothy Vaughan, and super-STEM hero Mae Jemison, who in 1992 was the first Black Astronaut to fly a mission and went on to become an engineer and physician!
Thanks to their pioneering work, accomplishments, and contributions these heroes paved the way for new generations of Black innovators in STEM. Learn about our current STEM role models by following twitter movements like #BlackinSTEM, #BlackinSTEMed, or any of the #BlackInX hashtags to learn about some of the Black scientists and educators who are making their mark on the world today.
To see how ITEST projects are inspiring the next generation of STEM innovators click on the resources below:
Early College Career Exploration Through STEM Courses and Apprenticeships in Advanced Manufacturing
In the wake of COVID-19, Greater Cleveland’s low-income families need a stronger pathway out of poverty. Cleveland’s residents are getting poorer: the city’s overall poverty rate reached 34.6% in 2018, up from 27% in 2006. For children, that rate reached 50.9%, up from 41.9% in 2006.
Engaging Youth in Expanded STEM Career Pathways through Clean Energy Literacy Development
The University of California, Berkeley, Lawrence Hall of Science plans a five-year project to investigate the capacity of a previously developed clean energy-focused intervention model to affect positive learning outcomes and greater career awareness among a broader audience of under-represented group students aged 14-16.
Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP) Engineering and IT Project-C5
One hundred and twenty African American and Latino 7th and 9th grade students and 180 parents and caregivers in the Detroit area use information technology to solve engineering problems.
Project BUILD (Building Using an Interactive Learning Design)
This project will advance efforts of the Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program to better understand and promote practices that increase students' motivations and capacities to pursue careers in fields of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) by bringing together youth (grades 2-5), their families, librarians, and professional engineers in an informal environment centered on engaging youth with age-appropriate, technology-rich STEM learning experiences fundamental to the engineering design process.
Zipping Towards STEM: Integrating Engineering Design into the Middle School Physical Science Curriculum
This project will advance efforts to better understand and promote practices that increase students' motivations and capacities to pursue careers in fields of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics through the Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers program. It will integrate engineering design principles into Akron Public School district's curriculum unit on force and motion for 1800 underrepresented eighth grade students across 12 schools and 98 classrooms.
New Possibilities for Broadening the Impacts of Middle School Engineering through a Partnership between Teachers and Underrepresented Undergraduates in STEM
Many schools include engineering design tasks in the science curriculum as one way to provide opportunities for middle school students to contribute to finding solutions to real-world problems. However, students who attend high needs schools often have few opportunities to make such contributions. This condition exists because sometimes teachers in high needs schools have difficulty creating learning environments where students feel confident enough to engage in the engineering design process.
The IT College and CAREERS Readiness Project: Career Academy Research on Educational Experiences and Related Successes
This ITEST project involves the University of South Florida, in collaborations with the National Academy Foundation, and three high school career academies, to study the impact of participation in the career academy model implemented by National Academy Foundation under different levels of implementation fidelity.
Fly High Your Math and Science Skills
This project will advance efforts of the Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program to better understand and promote practices that increase students' motivations and capacities to pursue careers in fields of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) by engaging in hands-on field experience, laboratory/project-based entrepreneurship tasks and mentorship experiences.
Nano-satellites and East Bay Rocket Scientists (NEARS)
The Nanosatellites and East Bay Rocket Scientists (NEARS) project will develop and study a model that includes 1) engaging youth in designing and conducting locally-relevant scientific investigations that use programmable sensors on earth and on nanosatel
Promoting Robotic Design and Entrepreneurship Experiences among Students and Teachers
The project will develop, implement, and assess an initiative to promote robotic design and entrepreneurship experiences among students and teachers.
Exploring I-poems to Explore the Identity of Underrepresented Engineering Student Makers
DIY Toolkit - Sound Science: 4 Audio Project Ideas For STEM Educators
Attention all STEM teachers — are you looking for ways to incorporate music and sound into your classroom? Check out these hands-on DIY ideas from Youth Radio’s Brains and Beakers science speaker series. Explore creative ways to experience sound — from digital visualization to science rap battles to creating your own instruments out of scrap parts.
Conference on Literacies in Engineering for Access and Participation
The Literacy for Engineering Access and Participation Conference (LEAP) would convene researchers and teachers from the engineering education, literacy education, equity and other stakeholder areas to establish a research agenda and gather resources related to the literacy considerations for informal and formal learning settings. The conference participants will learn about engineering and literacy perspectives that impact students' learning with a particular emphasis on multi-lingual students and engaging a more diverse student population in engineering.