Scientific innovations do not happen magically on their own but through the hard work and the brilliance of scientists. This includes people from backgrounds that are usually ignored (or underrepresented) like people of African, Caribbean, Asian and Latino heritage and women, and backgrounds that tend to be well-represented such as white European/American men. For this Lockdown Life session we will explored what science and innovation mean in everyday language, and then did one of our popular ice breaker quizzes- with an innovation theme. Next, we considered some ground-breaking innovations by men and women gamechangers around the world who have contributed to the world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Katharine Johnson is one such innovator signposted in a poem by Sasha for Black History 365:
We then collectively watched part of the BBC 2 programme, Dragon's Den to consider the invention of William Sachiti. He pitched his solar powered street litter bins. Clever Bins was acquired for its solar patents in 2012.
A great time was had by all!