Wednesday, April 4th at 10:30 am at the Historic Home of Black Inventor Lewis H Latimer
Awarded to be Presented by Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Queens
(Flushing, NY) The Lewis H. Latimer House Museum will receive an award of $1000.00 from the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Queens, in support of the museum’s Tinker Lab program for local children.
The community has a deep connection with African American inventor Lewis H. Latimer, who lived in the historic landmark now standing as a museum.
“One of the founding members of the congregation was Lewis Howard Latimer (September 4, 1848 - December 11, 1928). The congregation honors his memory in the sanctuary with his portrait, which was dedicated in 2003, and we donate to the Lewis H. Latimer House Museum in Flushing.” Said Sheryl Lynch, Board Trustee of the congregation, “Latimer, a descendant of slaves, was a prolific inventor who collaborated with Thomas Edison on the development of the filament for the electric light bulb. He was a member of the congregation until his death in 1928.”
Ran Yan, Executive Director of the Lewis H. Latimer House Museum, stated they will use the award to partner with Latimer Gardens Community Center on a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) camp in 2018, offered at no cost to participants around 10 years old. At the end of the camp, parents will be invited to a culminating event held at the museum. “We are grateful that the community will come together to celebrate Latimer’s legacy in this meaningful way,” she said.
The camp is part of Tinker Lab -- a key educational program at Lewis H. Latimer House Museum that seeks to provide high-quality, hands-on activities that integrate science and technology with humanities. In Tinker Lab, participants use an array of technologies, including Scratch, Ev3, and WeDo, to build micro-controllers,proto boards, and software programs from scratch. It is located in what previously was Latimer’s personal science lab. More information on Tinker Lab is available at latimernow.org.