For Black History Month, Kenny's class has been studying black inventors. Earlier in the month, they were given a list of black inventors and had to choose one and make a time line on that person. Then, later in the month, they worked on a "wax museum" where they would dress as that person and do a report on them (kind of like a was figure in a museum that would give a short bio on themselves). Kenny chose Valerie Thomas. She worked for NASA and invented an "illusion transmitter." Basically, it involved creating a 3-d image and transmitting it to another receiver. NASA still uses her technology and it may someday make 3-d TV possible.
Doing the time line was simple enough, but transforming a white boy into a black female scientist was a little more difficult. I procrastinated putting his costume together and was unable to locate a black wig, but someone suggested maybe making one from construction paper, so that is what I did. It looks a little silly, but Kenny loved it and so did his classmates! Put that with a lab coat, goggles and test tubes- and there you have it. Here he is at home and then at school next to the poster he made for his desk.
And here is the video of Kenny giving his report as a wax figure. It is a little noisy, because everyone was doing theirs too. The way it worked is (as you can see above) there was a paper that said "push" with a button on his desk. Parents and students from other classes walked around and pushed the buttons and the kids would speak. There were some really cool inventors- like a refrigerant (for refrigerators) and potato chips and peanut butter! Did you know those were invented by black inventors?
Anyway, he did a great job. We had to remind him to slow down because he kept reading his notes really fast; but otherwise he did great! Sorry it is sideways, I can NOT figure out how to rotate a video.
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