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African Americans in Science

Saturday, January 10, 2015 | 1-4 p.m.

African Americans in ScienceThis year marks the 23rd anniversary of the Science Museum of Minnesota's annual African Americans in Science. At African Americans in Science, you can meet science and educational professionals, learn about what they do through interactive displays and presentations, and discover the inspiring contributions they've made to technology, education, health care, and innovation in Minnesota. Last year, visitors learned about germs, electricity, blood pressure, pollen, and weather, among others! Come to the museum on Saturday, January 10, 2015, from 1-4 p.m., to see what exciting science knowledge you can gain and what exciting science people you can meet.

Science Fusion is great for kids and adults alike. Activities are included in museum admission. Up to four children get in free with each full price adult (from 1-4 p.m. at the box office).


African Americans in Science
Saturday, January 10, 2015 - 1 to 4 p.m.



Congratulations to Kesia Taplah from American Indian Magnet School!

Kesia TaplahKesia is one of the winners of the 2015 Donaldson Science Award and was recognized during the Science Fusion: African Americans in Science event.

Kesia is currently in the 8th grade at the American Indian Magnet School in St. Paul. She was nominated by her teacher, Ms. Erin Fenlon. Kesia has shown great dedication to her academics. She has the extraordinary ability to not only bring prior knowledge to the classroom, but she also asks insightful questions and works hard to go beyond the typical surface-understanding of the curriculum content. During her out-of-school free time, Kesia has demonstrated her interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) not only through class participation, but also as a member of Lego League and the Kid Wind Renewable Energy Challenge. As a project teammate, Kesia displays strong leadership skills as she listens to her peers contribute ideas, implements her own ideas, and maintains a positive attitude throughout the process. Her enthusiasm for learning is apparent in the work she does. Kesia participates in AVID – Advancement Via Individual Determination – and is working toward attending a four-year university.

Congratulations to Annie McFarland from Breck High School!

Annie McFarlandAnnie is one of the winners of the 2015 Donaldson Science Award and was recognized during the Science Fusion: African Americans in Science event.

Annie is currently a senior at Breck High School in Golden Valley. She was nominated by her teacher, Ms. Lois Fruen. Annie is currently enrolled in Breck School's Advanced Science Research Program and is described by her teachers as a "highly gifted student…with an exceptional talent in scientific research." Her talent for science, paired with her dedication to excellence, led Annie to conduct university-level research for 12-weeks in the Division of Neonatology at the University of Minnesota throughout her 2014 summer vacation. Annie is passionate about her academics and research, but has also displayed tremendous leadership among peers and other students outside the classroom. Annie dedicates her time to tutoring and mentoring sixth graders and has built and strengthened her people skills by staying active in extracurricular activities. She is currently the Captain of the Breck Girls Swim and Dive Team, and is an active member of Jack and Jill of America. Annie aspires to become a pediatrician and considers this dream to be a personal calling.


Black Family Technology Awareness CampaignAfrican Americans in Science is a proud partner in the Black Family Technology Awareness initiative.