Are you ready to explore Black excellence in STEAM!

Join us on a fun and exciting journey through Black history for the entire month of February! All month long we will be STEAMing Up Learning about some of the greatest thinkers and inventors in our nation’s history – and they just happen to be Black. Each week for the month of February, we will highlight Black pioneers in the following areas:

  • Math Week: February 1-5
  • Science Week: February 6-12
  • Explorers Week: February 13-19
  • Engineering Week: February 20-26
  • More Black STEAM Excellence: February 27-28 

It is our hope that not only will you uncover some gems in these great pioneers but that you will also tap into some of your own unrealized greatness that connects you and your children to these trailblazers. 

We look forward to going on this journey with you. Happy Black History Month!

James E. West: The Man Behind the Mic Check

James E. West: The Man Behind the Mic Check

Who is James E. West?

  • Holds over 250 patents for Microphones production and design
  • Worked on a device to detect pneumonia
  • His mother was one of the renowned “Hidden Figures”
  • Was electrocuted at 8 years old
  • Never graduated from college
  • Was interested in the Black Panthers

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Percy Julian: The King of Synthetic Things

Percy Julian: The King of Synthetic Things

Who is Percy Julian?

  • Obtained more than 130 patents 
  • Created a process to synthesize a drug used to treat glaucoma
  • Sold his company Julian Laboratories to pharmaceutical giant Smith, Kline & French for more than $2.2 million in 1961 (approximately $22 million today)
  •  Grandson of former slaves
  • Honored on USPS Black Heritage Stamp in 1993

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