Celebrate Black History’s Inventions

Black inventors are among history’s most revered geniuses, known for their relentless inquisition, passionate research and their desire to push the envelope.

Scientists, engineers, and inventors find the solutions to the world’s problems. George Washington Carver, Madam C.J. Walker, Lonnie G. Johnson, Garrett Morgan, Patricia Bath, Granville T. Woods, Dr. George F. Grant and more are responsible for some of the world’s greatest technological and social advancements. Discover the work that these Black scientists and inventors have accomplished that make our lives better.

Celebrate Black history’s inventions: let children come up with their own inventions!

Children can work individually or work together as a family. Offer plenty of time to brainstorm ideas and challenge children to come up with unique, creative, and useful items. Conversations might include asking about improving on an existing product, addressing a need and creating a solution, or creating something comical

Check out this video for the ultimate comical inventions:

Provide materials such as- pieces of wood, used CD’s, milk containers, straws, tape, pipe cleaners, paper clips paper, glue, poster paint, markers, crayons, elastic, fabric scraps, construction paper, pom-poms, rubber bands and safety pins.

The kids may need more than one day to complete their projects. When complete, share the inventions with us via email at education@portsmouthva.gov and invite them to share:

• What is it?

• What does it do?

• What materials are used to make it?

• How did you think of your invention?

• Did you begin by thinking about your daily life or the people around you?

• What does the process of coming up with an invention teach you about how inventors come up with their innovations?