Monday, January 28, 2013

Celebrating African American Inventors (free printable)

The month of February is Black History Month where we celebrate the contributions and successes of African-Americans.  This year I thought of a great way to celebrate both black history month while using ASCA's career domain by creating a bulletin board of African-American inventors.

-I created this using Word by typing the invention, inventor and included clip art of the invention (I used Google images for the pictures) .  

-I also created a bulletin board title using Word.  After printing the title, I cut, added construction paper backing for color and laminated.
Title words
What a difference some construction paper can do!

-I printed, added construction paper backing (with a glue stick) and laminated each inventor and posted.  I found some cool border at a teacher speciality store ($2.99).  While at the teacher store, I also found a set of positive quotes from African-Americans ($6.99) to post around the school.

Inventions with construction paper


Positive Quotes

Here's the finished product:

Finished product!

I LOVE this and found out that so many current things we use were invented by African-Americans, which ties into how regardless of who you are and what kind of struggle you may have, anyone can be an inventor or anything that they choose to be.

I want to share this with you so that your school can celebrate these accomplishments during black history or any month.  Click here to download the title letters and click here to download the inventors.  


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  1. I love your idea! I think this would work great as a class lesson. Print off each one along with short bio on the author. Pass out the A to Z inventors and then call on each student, starting at A to share with the class their inventor. It would be a great lead in to talking about careers over the next couple of weeks. Thank you!

    1. Hey Nola, what a great idea to add it to a class visit lesson. I did have one teacher tell me that she was now going to have her students do African-American inventors for their black history month projects. I love your idea, brilliant! Thanks so much for reading!

  2. I'm talking about careers this month as well and this is a terrific idea!!! thanks so much for sharing.

  3. Awesome! Just came across your site today! My colleague and I were brainstorming ideas and I just love this. Thank you so much for sharing.

    1. Hi, I'm so glad that you found it useful. Thanks for reading!

    2. Thank you for your intensive list of African American inventors. I am doing inventors with my special education class for Black History Month and will be using many of these inventors that I did not have on my previous list.

  4. This is going to be so helpful as I work with my special education students during social studies! I plan on tying this into a lesson using the "bio-cube" from and we can just set it all up in the corner and invite others to come and look at our hard work and how much we know about African-American inventors! Bravo!! Thank you so much!

  5. JUST what I've been looking for. Thank you for sharing!!