Summer break is here, but just because school is out, it doesn’t mean our learning is done. Here at the National Museum of African American History and Culture we are ready to get back to the 3 ‘Rs’. Join the National Museum of African American History and Culture as we dive into a 3-day teacher workshop devoted to learning about African American inventions related to rest, refrigeration, and relaxation.


During the workshop, 3rd-12th grade educators will learn of inventors such as Sarah Goode, Frederick McKinley Jones, and Henry Blair and how they changed the way we live, eat and store food. Through a series of engineering challenges participants will learn and demonstrate how material choice relates to the structural and functional qualities of objects designed for rest, food preservation, and relaxation. Teachers will engage in individual and group work, explore NMAAHC’s collections and use math to better understand strength, temperature, size and scale.


By the end of the workshop, teachers will be able to identify African American figures and their inventions that shaped, supported, and chilled history. This workshop is open for all 3rd-12th grade educators, especially those with an interest in invention, innovation, and African American history. We look forward to your participation. This is an in-person program that will happen at the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Participants will receive breakfast and lunch during each day of the program.


Science practices addressed during the workshop include

  • Asking questions and defining problems
  • Planning and carrying out investigations
  • Analyzing and interpreting data
  • Using mathematics and computational thinking


Participants who attend the full workshop will receive

  • A workshop certificate for 20 hours of professional development participation
  • Classroom supplies and materials used during the workshop



  • Monday July 25, 2022 – Wednesday July 27, 2022
  • Each day ‘s activities run from 9am-3pm (EDT)


Registration closes on Wednesday July 20, 2022 at 5pm EDT, or when all spaces have been filled.

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