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Katherine Johnson. Credits: NASA/David C. Bowman

NASA Mathematician Katherine Johnson

March 3, 2021

Katherine Johnson was a very talented African American mathematician. After she graduated from college at age 18, she worked as a teacher before joining NASA. Johnson was known for making careful and accurate calculations, and became known as “the computer.” She was responsible for analyzing the flight trajectory of the Freedom 7 mission, which sent…

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George Washington Carver Free Printable

January 28, 2021

George Washington Carver was born an African American slave a year before slavery was outlawed. He left home at a young age to pursue education and would eventually earn a master’s degree in agricultural science from Iowa State University. He would go on to teach and conduct research at Tuskegee University for decades. Carver’s early…

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Quarantine Pioneer, Ibn Sina

December 9, 2020

Quarantine isn’t new Quarantine has become a common word in our 2020 vocabulary. Did you know this is a long-established practice for helping stop the spread of illness and disease? Ibn Sina, also known as Avicenna, was a highly influential Persian scientist who lived during the Middle Ages. He was what is known as a…

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Chimpanzee Researcher and activist, Dr. Jane Goodall

October 30, 2020

Chimpanzees are closely related to humans, and British primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall is best known for her research of wild chimpanzees. Learn more about Dr. Goodall on this printable coloring page. Dr. Goodall is a primatologist and anthropologist who studied the social interactions among groups of wild chimpanzees. She first started her 60 year studies…

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Lonnie Johnson Coloring Page

October 1, 2020

Dr. Lonnie Johnson is a mechanical and nuclear engineer. After graduate school, he joined the US Air Force, and later worked at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Dr. Johnson won multiple awards in spacecraft system design, and contributed to the Galileo mission to Jupiter and the Mars Observer projects. His most famous invention was the Super…

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Turn Your Room Into a Camera Obscura

August 19, 2020

What is a camera obscura? While it might have “camera” in its name, a camera obscura is actually more like a projector. It is a device used by using a dark room or box and adding a small hole in one wall which will let light in. The light that travels through the aperture (the…

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DNA photographer Rosalind Franklin

DNA Photographer Rosalind Franklin

July 28, 2020

DNA Photographer: Spotlight Scientist Rosalind Franklin was born in London in 1920, and decided by age 15 that she wanted to be a scientist. Rosalind was known for her logic, intellectual debate, and keen sense of humor. She studied at Newnham College, one of two schools for women at Cambridge University. Even during World War…

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Engineering: Spotlight on Willie Klassen

July 13, 2020

Engineers design and make many of the objects around us. Willie Klassen is an engineer who works at Schilling Robotics. Learn more about how Willie became an engineer, some of his favorite things about engineering, and what you can do if you are interested in a career in engineering. Underwater Robotic Submarines Willie helps build…

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Mae Jemison Featured Scientist

July 1, 2020

Meet Mae Jemison Mae Jemison is today’s featured scientist in the spotlight. Mae Jemison was born in Alabama in 1956, and grew up in Illinois. She became interested in science as a young student, and excelled in school. She started college when she was just 16 years old, and earned degrees in chemical engineering and…

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Build a Diddley-Bow Stringed Musical Instrument

June 4, 2020

DIY Diddley-Bow Objective: To build a basic diddley-bow in this do it yourself activity. The diddley-bow is an instrument much older than a viol, harp, or lute- it is a modification of a stringed instrument from West Africa. Difficulty Level: Easy (8-14 year olds) Easy with help (6-8 year olds) Kids younger than 6 can…

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