Interactive Whiteboard Activities
African American Inventors: A Black History in America Activity
Students meet 10 history-making African Americans, from the inventor of peanut butter to the creator of the gas mask.
- Grades: 3–5, 6–8
- Elijah McCoy, inventor of an oil-dripping cup for trains
- Lewis Latimer, who invented an important part of the light bulb – the carbon filament
- Jan Ernst Matzeliger, creator of a shoemaking machine that increased the task by 900%
- Granville T. Woods, inventor of a train-to-train communication system
- George Washington Carver, who developed peanut butter and 400 plant products
- Madam C. J. Walker, who invented a hair-growing lotion
- Garrett Morgan, creator of the gas mask
- Otis Boykin, who created the electronic control devices for guided missiles, IBM computers, and the pacemaker
- Dr. Patricia E. Bath, who invented a method of eye surgery that has helped many blind people to see
- Lonnie G. Johnson, inventor of the world-famous watergun, the Supersoaker
This reading activity also includes links offsite where students can learn more about each person.