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Black Creativity: Innovation Studio

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Encouraging Invention at the 2014 Innovation Studio: January 27 - March 1, 2014

In just over a month, the Black Creativity Innovation Studio made it possible for more than 1,000 students and guests to explore new ideas through making—a technology-based DIY approach that encourages creativity and invention.

Stocked with tactile materials and tools to encourage hands-on experimentation, the Studio also featured panels highlighting important contributions of African-American innovators to science, technology, engineering and medicine.

During open studio sessions for guests and workshops for schools and community groups, participants pushed the boundaries of innovation, developing such ideas as:

  • A heated umbrella designed by a five-year-old guest
  • An alarm clock that launches its user into a ball pit upon waking
  • A toothbrush steam-cleaner to eliminate disposable toothbrushes
  • Headgear that makes it possible for bookworms to have a book in front of them at all times

Black Creativity 2014 is sponsored by ComEd; Dover; ITW; Nicor Gas; Peoples Gas and U.S. Bank, with media partners Comcast / NBC 5 / Telemundo Chicago; WVON 1690 AM; Splash, a Chicago Sun-Times Publication; Radio Broadcasters of Chicago and the Chicago Defender.

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Chicago Takes Notice

WGN-TV Morning News aired a story about the 2014 Black Creativity Innovation Studio, Juried Art Exhibition and other programming.

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mission statement

  • To inspire African-American children to pursue educational opportunities and careers in the fields of science, technology, medicine and engineering, through programs and events that encourage children and their parents to utilize the Museum of Science and Industry as a resource for exploring and discovering their inventive and creative genius.
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