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Technology Lesson Plan

Objective: Learn about the different types of technology and their uses.

Takeaway: Technology is important because we use it everyday in all parts of our lives.

Tags: technology, tech, science, electronics, engineering, STEM, internet, video games, tablet, iPhones

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5 Things You Didn’t Know Black People Made

Black people have invented and innovated a lot since being in the United States. Despite centuries of hardships, Black people have changed so many parts of our daily life. In celebration of black accomplishments, here’s 5 things you probably didn’t know Black people made.   

Some of America’s Biggest Music Genres–Rock, Blues, Country, Jazz 

black woman playing bass guitar

Black people are credited with founding genres like Hip-Hop, R&B, and Gospel music. However it’s not as well known that they also created genres like Rock and Country music. The genres originate out of Southern Blues. Rock n’ Roll greats such as Rosetta Tharpe and Chuck Berry pioneered them. 

 

 

Barbecue, Mac & Cheese, Potato Chips & More!

man barbecuing

While barbecue has roots in both West African and Native American culture, enslaved Black people made the cooking style popular. Other figures like James Hemings learned French Cuisine and brought it back to America. He developed classics like mac and cheese. Funnily enough, Chef George Crum made potato chips ironically to spite a customer. 

 

Essentials Like The Home Security System, Traffic Lights, Refrigerators

traffic lights

Imagine a world with no traffic lights to guide cars. Or no alarm systems to protect your home from intruders. How about no refrigerators to keep your perishables in? We have black inventors Garrett Morgan, Marie Brown, and Frederick McKinley Jones to thank for making our lives safer.

 

The Whole Concept of “Cool”  

black people rollerskating

When you think of someone cool, you probably think of someone who unbothered. This idea of “cool” is more similar to the West-African definition than the English one. Historian Robert Farris Thompson discovered our American idea of cool sounds a lot like the Liberian one: “to be nonchalant at the right moment…to do difficult tasks with an air of ease”.

 

Life-Saving Innovations–Blood Bank, Pacemaker, Blindness Prevention

blood sample and tester

Black professionals have made major contributions made to the medical field as well. Surgeon Charles Drew changed the game when he discovered a way to store blood. Otis Boykin made his mark when he improved the pacemaker. Patricia Bath changed people’s lives by pioneering blindness treatment and prevention.

Women-Made Inventions For Everyone

Women have added a lot to our society. From science to medicine women have put in work.  During this Women’s History Month, let’s look at some of the best inventions made by women:  

                                     

1. Car Heater: Margaret Wilcox

Margaret Wilcox invented central car heating in 1893. As a result we can stay cozy in our vehicles. 

                                       fire escape sign

2. Fire Escape: Anna Connelly

Anna Connelly invented the fire escape in 1887, saving many lives. Because of her living in apartments has been much safer.

                                        girl getting her eyes checked by doctor

3. Laser Cataract Surgery: Patricia Bath

Patricia Bath finished her laser cataract patent in 1986. Due to her invention thousands of people can still see. 

                                        vintage computer

4. Computer Algorithm: Ada Lovelace

Ada Lovelace wrote the first “computer” program in the 1840s. Her work helps computer scientists write programs till this day.

                                       the circular saw

5. Circular Saw: Tabitha Babbitt

Tabitha Babbitt is known for inventing the circle saw. During the year 1813 everyone praised her for inventing the convenient tool.

                                       open dishwasher

6. Dishwasher: Josephine Cochrane 

Josephine Cochrane invented the dishwasher in 1886. Since then chores have been way easier.

                                        medical syringe

7. Medical Syringe: Letitia Geer

Letitia Geer invented medical syringes that were clean and easy to use in 1899. Due to her invention hospitals are much safer.

                                      police with bullet proof vests

8. Bulletproof Vests: Stephanie Kwolek

Stephanie Kwolek discovered Kevlar fabric in 1965. Because of her discoveries we have bulletproof jackets and vests.

                                       windshield wipers

9. Windshield Wiper: Mary Anderson

Mary Anderson invented the windshield wiper In 1903. As a result all cars use her invention.

Without women in science, our lives would be much less safe, convenient, and enjoyable.    

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