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Black History Month

Black History Month Mae Jamison, Shirley Jackson, Percy Julian, Ron McNair, Ernest Everett Just, George Washington Carver, Benjamin Banneker, and Warren Washington
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Science NetLinks and AAAS have developed a number of resources that will help you honor the achievements and scientific work of African Americans. Consider using the following resources in your classroom.
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Lessons

  • Images of Science

    Images of Science

    3-5  |  Hands-On
    This lesson helps students understand the diversity of science, both in terms of the work and the people engaged in the work.
  • African Americans in Science

    African Americans in Science

    6-8  
    In this lesson, students explore the careers of prominent African Americans in science, mathematics, and technology.
  • The Illusion of Race

    The Illusion of Race

    6-8  |  Interactive
    The goal of this lesson is to have students investigate both genetic and societal consequences of these often-artificial and evolving classifications.
  • Variation in Human Skin Color

    Variation in Human Skin Color

    9-12  
    In this lesson, students explore the factors that control variation in human skin color and the implications of this information for human society.
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

    9-12  
    In this lesson, students explore the issue of ethics in medical research and, in particular, the issue of informed consent, in the context of Henrietta Lacks and the HeLa cells.
  • Race and Genes

    Race and Genes

    9-12  
    Visible traits of the human phenotype associated with specific "races" are influenced by a common set of genes all humans share—the genome—and environmental interactions. Culture determines how they are perceived.

Tools

Collections

  • Martin Luther King Day Teaching Resources

    Martin Luther King Day Teaching Resources

    K-12  
    Science NetLinks and AAAS have developed a number of resources from the social and behavioral sciences that will help you celebrate the work and legacy of Dr. King in your classroom.
  • Material Marvels

    Material Marvels

    9-12  |  Video
    Material Marvels is a collection of video podcasts hosted by science evangelist Ainissa Ramirez covering an assortment of fascinating materials.

Videos

  • Five Black Chemists Who Changed the World

    3-12  |  Video
    The video highlights the work of icons like astronaut and chemical engineer Mae Jemison, the first woman of color to go into space, as well as Percy Julian, a pioneer in synthesizing materials from plants, including a glaucoma drug from beans, a firefighting foam from soy protein, and an arthritis treatment still used to treat millions of patients today.

Other Resources

Reading about Technology and Innovation for Black History Month
In this blog post from SB&F and inspired by the African American Read-In, check out a short list of books that focus on the history of technology and innovation in all its richness and complexity.

Teaching Black History Month
In this Science NetLinks blog post, you'll find suggestions to help you get started teaching and celebrating Black History Month in your classroom.


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