Lesson Plan

The Physical Sciences at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

The history of science instruction at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) is the focus of a lesson that explores the early challenges these institutions faced in accessing equipment for their labs and instructors for their schools. Groups investigate the achievements of eight of these institutions and then produce a brochure that advertises the physics department of the school they researched.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Post the brochures on the classroom walls and include information about the famous alumni from each school
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires considerable prep time
Pros
  • Includes discussion questions and background information on the history of the HBCUs program
Cons
  • None