Benjamin Banneker Facts


  • Benjamin Bannker was born on November 9, 1731, and died on October 9, 1806.
  • He was a self-taught, free-born African-American. In short, Banneker was never a slave.
  • He was a mathematician, astronomer, scientist, farmer, and writer.
  • As an astronomer, he predicted the Solar Eclipse of 1789.
  • As a young adult, between the age of 20 – 25 years old, he constructed a wooden clock based on a borrowed pocket watch. That wooden clock kept accurate time for over 40 years!
  • In 1791, he assisted in surveying land for the development of Washington D.C.
  • He is most famous for his series of almanacs which he published annually.
  • An ephemeris, which gives the positions of naturally occurring astronomical objects in the sky at a given time or times, is included in his most famous Almanac.
  • He was a voice of social change as he worked with politicians.
  • He is featured on a 1980 stamp issued by the U.S. Post Office.

What do you know about…Jeanette Epps?

Today’s NSBE Scholar Research Assignment

Due: September 24, 2017

DOC: What Do You Know About Jeanette Epps???


Jeannette Epps, American Aerospace Engineer & NASA Astronaut 


Write a report that answers the following questions.

  1. Who is Jeanette Epps, and why is she important?
  2. What is the International Space Station?
  3. What are some challenges to living in space? How are these challenges met on the Space Station?

Write five interview questions you would like to ask Jeanette Epps.