African-American

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Students will learn about different disabilities, how they affect a scientist's ability to participate in academic conferences, and the policies intended to lessen their obstacles.

Guide subjects: 
Grade level(s): 
9-12
College
Prep time: 
20-30 minutes
In-class time: 
65-90 minutes
Project Engineer William Conway (left) and Principal Investigator Dr. George Carruthers (right) with the Apollo 16 far ultraviolet camera/spectrograph instrument.

Students will learn about African Americans involved in astronomy and astrophysics, from the 1700s when astronomy was used as a practical tool to the twentieth century space race, using primary and secondary documents.

Grade level(s): 
6-8
9-12
Prep time: 
10-15 minutes for each part
In-class time: 
Two parts, 45-60 minutes each
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Students will learn about the contributions of contemporary women to physics, astronomy, and related disciplines. They will also explore careers and the significance of professional societies in physics.

Guide subjects: 
Grade level(s): 
6-8
9-12
College
Prep time: 
15 minutes
In-class time: 
60-90 minutes
Herman Branson in laboratory with equipment.

Students will learn about the mobilization of African American “war workers” at Historically Black Colleges and Universities during World War II.

Guide subjects: 
Grade level(s): 
9-12
Prep time: 
10-15 minutes
In-class time: 
60-90 minutes
A Class in Mathematical geography at Hampton Institute studying the earth's rotation around the Sun. Hampton, Virginia, ca 1899.

Students will research the history of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and examine several institutions that offer degrees in the physical sciences.

Grade level(s): 
9-12
Prep time: 
15-20 minutes
In-class time: 
65-95 minutes
Construction at the Hanford site of the Manhattan Project.

By examining oral histories and historical photographs, students will learn about the lives of African Americans who worked at the secret city built for the Manhattan Project in Hanford, Washington.

Guide subjects: 
Grade level(s): 
9-12
Prep time: 
10-15 minutes
In-class time: 
50-75 minutes
Lawrence Howland Knox, one of the African American Scientists who worked on the Manhattan Project.

Students will learn about the role of African Americans played in the Mahanattan Project as scientists, technicians, and workers by exploring the biographies of several of these individuals.

Guide subjects: 
Grade level(s): 
9-12
Prep time: 
10-15 minutes
In-class time: 
60-90 minutes
Portrait of Elmer Imes working in a laboratory

 Students will learn about Elmer Imes' experimental work on spectroscopy and how it was a turning point in modern applied physics.

Guide subjects: 
Grade level(s): 
9-12
Prep time: 
15-20 minutes
In-class time: 
60-80 minutes
Portrait of Elmer Imes

Students will learn about how the physicist Elmer Imes' became involved in the civil rights case of Juliette Derricotte and about racial segregation in the 1930s.

Guide subjects: 
Grade level(s): 
9-12
Prep time: 
15-20 minutes
In-class time: 
60-90 minutes
Star formation in the constellation Orion as photographed in infrared by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope.

Students will learn about different African cultures and the ways that they have understood what we know as the Orion constellation

Guide subjects: 
Grade level(s): 
9-12
Prep time: 
10 minutes
In-class time: 
55-60 minutes

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