The Black History 101 Mobile Museum, an award-winning mobile museum with over 150 artifacts, visited Northmont High School on February 5th and 6th. The opportunity to view a collection of rare artifacts representing many aspects of the African-American experience was made available to 8th-grade students and high school American History students. Intentionally displayed in non-traditional museum spaces, the Black History 101 Mobile Museum offers audiences a fresh and creative lens to view history. Click here to view a video highlighting the experience.
In addition to visiting the mobile museum, high school students also participated in black history month themed BreakoutEDU. Students navigated through a series of digital and physical clues to help them identify the accomplishments of eight prominent African-Americans. For example, students explore the life of photographer Gordon Parks via a virtual reality tour of his life's work and contributions. To learn about the life of abolitionist and journalist William Cooper Nell, they explore primary source documents courtesy of Boston's Museum of African-American History. At the culmination of the lesson, students create an interactive timeline using Apple Keynote to demonstrate how each of these individuals has made a positive impact in our world. In addition to learning about these figures, the breakout format fosters inquiry while developing important 21st-century skills including, communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking. Click here to view a video highlighting the lesson.