The second installment of the inventions by Black inventors that make a difference in after school range from necessities like soaps to treats like ice cream scoops. Read Part 1.
- George Washington Carver is often credited for evolving the peanut industry. But Carver, a scientist, also developed hundreds of other products including lotions and soaps. Children and staff wash their hands before snack time and frequently during program to keep everyone healthy — especially during a pandemic.
- Thomas Elkins patented a device in 1879 that changed refrigeration, creating an ice-insulated cabinet to keep food cold longer. Refrigerators are crucial for after school programs, keeping all perishable snacks such as milk and string cheese from spoiling.
- Robert F. Flemming Jr. patented the Euphonica, a modern version of what we know as the acoustic guitar. Children have fun playing instruments and creating music during after school programs.
- Alfred L. Cralle invented the ice cream scoop in 1897 when he noticed servers struggling to scoop ice cream and remove it from the spoon. Ice cream is a fun treat at after school, and this tool makes it much easier to scoop ice cream for children who can’t wait to eat it.
- Osbourn Dorsey invented the door knob in 1878 which he called “new and useful improvements in door holding devices.” Without door knobs, we’d have a much harder time running outside for fun on the playground, opening the refrigerator for snack, and so many other ways we rely on handles and knobs.