Investigating the Contributions of Dr. Charles Drew

Culturally Responsive Teaching for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Educators

Date: June 15, 2019
Time: 9:00am–2:00pm​
Location: National Museum of African American History and Culture

This workshop is designed for educators of grades 4-6.  Teaching teams of science and social studies educators are encouraged.


Dr. Charles Drew was an early 20th century African American physician and blood transfusion researcher. His research and scholarship laid the foundation for modern blood banking through the creation of blood collection and storage techniques. Many of these scientific practices are still used today.

In this workshop teachers will:

  • Engage in activities based on the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) principles behind the research and medical work of Dr. Charles Drew
  • Develop awareness around culture, mindset, and the importance of culturally responsive teaching and learning in science classrooms
  • Integrate Dr. Drew's contributions into existing STEM lessons
  • Become a part of a community of culturally responsive science teachers and educators who share resources and provide support

Schedule at a Glance

Gallery Walk

  • Participate in a gallery walk to develop historical context of the life of Dr. Drew

What is Culturally Responsive Teaching?

  • Explore the practices of Culturally Responsive Pedagogy and its impact on K-12 science teaching and learning

Charles Drew inspired STEM Lessons for the Classroom

  • Engage in hands-on, NMAAHC-designed STEM investigations, highlighting the STEM principles behind Dr. Drew’s contributions. Concepts covered include density, diffusion, force, energy, and the circulatory system

Lesson Transformation- Creating a Culturally Responsive STEM Lesson

  • Redesign an existing STEM lesson by integrating Culturally Responsive Pedagogy
  • Use the contributions of African Americans to enhance STEM learning for their students  


This workshop is generously supported by Dow Chemical.

Portrait image courtesy of National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution