Every February, Black History Month (also called African American History Month) is a time where individuals who overcame unthinkable adversity and systemic racism are recognized.
But it’s about more than that. While steps have been made toward addressing racism, there is still a long way to go. Part of recognizing the achievements of African Americans is ensuring that we continue to address systemic racism for a future where all black individuals are recognized as equal citizens. The impact that educators can have is immense—and many are stepping up to the plate to find developmentally appropriate ways to celebrate black culture and contributions of black people early on.
During this time set aside to celebrate, learn and remember, we’d like to share three of our favorite Ozobot lessons that spotlight African Americans in STEM/STEAM.
Students learn about an inspiring leader in STEM, Dorothy Vaughan, and learn how to program math formulas, like Fortran, using Ozobot’s Deconstruction Method.
Students will choose an influential Black computer scientist and/or engineer, research their lives, and create a biographical timeline.
Color Codes or OzoBlockly
Schools celebrating African American culture throughout the year could highlight famous black inventors with this lesson. Students will research the contributions of African American inventors using biographies and biographical websites and highlight significant events about a chosen Black inventor. They will then code Ozobot using either paper or Ozoblockly to follow a predetermined path in an inventor parade.