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Prepare to meet STEM superheroes! Inspiring Minds: African Americans in Science and Technology is a high-tech exhibit showcasing pioneers and careers in science, tech, engineering and math. In particular, it features physical, earth and life sciences. It's housed in the popular Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History in Detroit.
You'll meet some big-deal names you never knew you needed to know. From aviators to researchers, explore trailblazers who've made impact – like scientist, botanist, educator and inventor George Washington Carver and Mae Carol Jemison, the first black woman astronaut to travel into space. Even the museum's namesake, a Detroit-area doctor, was a man of science.
Get interactive, too. "This exhibit is a wonderful opportunity that infuses the technology kids are growing up learning today, including app-like software," says LaNesha DeBardelaben, VP of assessment and community engagement. In a touch-screen timeline, kids literally tap into history, pulling up photos and facts from the 17th century to the present on a long "video wall."
Check out artifacts like Carver's original typewriter or the first gas mask and traffic light, created by Garrett Morgan. Say hi to a modern local scientist, too, at Meet the Scientist, which are special events that typically happen the third Saturday of each month.
The Wright is packed with other exhibits, too, covering literature, history, geography, economy, ocean life and genealogy. A is for Africa is another fun interactive stop for younger kids.
The second Sunday of every month is free admission for all families, which often includes a story time and more activities for children.