The Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation is launching an educational project geared toward inspiring Black teens to pursue STEM fields. Nominations are due May 21, and sports technology companies are encouraged to submit nominees.
Inspiring STEM Pathways: Contemporary Black Inventors as Role Models for the Next Generation will see the development of videos that highlight the lives and work of Black inventors in American industries, as well as oral history interviews and the creation of educational materials that include STEM skills for students in grades 6-12.
The Smithsonian is seeking nominations for inventors, innovators, scientists and engineers to be featured in the videos, with a goal to introduce the materials into classrooms and remote learning next fall. In 2022, the initiative will be refined and advanced to include expanded content with partner organizations.
Arthur Daemmrich, the director of the Lemelson Center, is accepting emailed nominations at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center has also previously collaborated with SportTechie on an initiative examining the impact of sports innovation, as well as providing educational content ahead of the 2022 opening of the National Museum of American History’s Game Changers exhibit.