Science * Technology * Engineering * Math


Examining the Contributions of African American Medical Professionals


Register for the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s 2020 Summer STEM Virtual Learning Workshop. This FREE, multi-day workshop explores the history of African Americans in healthcare and investigates the stories and experiences of African American doctors, nurses and researchers working to combat disease within our nation.

Workshop participants will engage in synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities designed to provide practical experience for classroom teaching and learning. Mini-lectures, discussions with experienced healthcare workers, and hands-on STEM activities mimicking real-world science will give the participants the understanding and appreciation for the work that medical professionals do everyday.

This program is designed for STEM Educators grades 3-8

Monday July 27, 2020 – Wednesday July 29, 2020 (1pm – 4pm EDT each day) 

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Note: To fully experience the workshop, registrants are advised to purchase the recommended materials for a cost of approximately $25. Additional information will be shared after registration.


Through the Window and into the Mirror: Narratives of African American STEM Professionals

A Career Conversation Series

NMAAHC invites middle and high school students to join us as we explore careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Through the Window and into the Mirror is a video conversation series about the experiences of African American STEM professionals today. 

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Program Name: Engineering STEM Day 

Program date and time: Saturday February 22, 2020 (11am – 3pm)

Description: To help celebrate National Engineering Week, NMAAHC wants to highlight the long lineage of African American engineers. From the earliest people of African descent using their knowledge of rice cultivation to the newest generation of technology prodigies and inventors, the contributions of African Americans to the Nation’s prosperity, history and culture cannot be denied. Visitors will learn how they can become engineers through invention, design and improvement of materials, machines, and technology. There will be hands-on activities for visitors and presentations given by NASA engineer Dr. Aprille Ericsson and engineer/inventor of the Super Soaker, Dr. Lonnie Johnson.  

Intended audience: The program is designed for K-12 students, families and visitors of all ages 

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Since new developments are the products of a creative mind, we must therefore stimulate and encourage that type of mind in every way possible.

George Washington Carver

The STEM Education Initiative at NMAAHC is generously funded by Dow Chemical.