Benjamin Banneker’s Contributions to Science
MDSGC partnered with Friends of the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum to develop lesson plans and training materials for 5th-grade science teachers in the Baltimore County Public Schools. The lesson plans concern measurements of latitude and longitude, based on astronomical methods that Banneker would have used in 1791 to help determine the latitude and longitude positions for the boundary markers of the District of Columbia. Twenty-three teachers attended a workshop, held at the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum, to prepare them to implement the new materials, and 114 students came to the museum grounds to participate in a pilot trial of the lessons. This project also involved the creation of an astronomical activity station to be permanently installed at the museum for the benefit of students and the general public.