It’s Latinx or Hispanic Heritage Month and what a great opportunity to get making and learning about Latinx culture, exploring ways to combat stereotypes and racism. Here you can learn how to make tortillas, spread your own anti-hate message through making, and create some music mash-ups.
explore. imagine. create.
cultural spotlight: reggaeton music
cultural spotlight: mexican cuisine
From ancient civilizations like the Mayans who contributed such important inventions as chocolate and the number zero, to business leaders, artists, and inventors of today, Latinx people have made major contributions in every field. Check out these examples of amazing Latinx innovators who have paved the way in the arts, STEM, politics, and more!
Lin-Manuel Miranda is an award-winning composer, actor, and creator of the groundbreaking musicals Hamilton and In the Heights.
Guillermo González Camarena was an electrical engineer and pioneer of color television, inventing the “Chromoscopy Adapter for Television Equipment” at the age of 17.
Sonia Maria Sotomayor has served as a Supreme Court Justice since 2009, when she became the first woman of color and first Latinx member of the Court.
Frida Kahlo was a painter known for her brilliant colors and thought-provoking self-portraits. She is considered one of Mexico’s greatest artists.
Carlos Saavedra Lamas was the first Latinx recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize “for his role as father of the Argentine Antiwar Pact of 1933, which he also used as a means to mediate peace between Paraguay and Bolivia in 1935.”
Christina Hernandez is one of three women to receive the 2021 Hispanic Heritage STEM Award for work as a payload systems engineer on the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover, overseeing construction of the rover’s on-board systems.
Clara O’Farrell is one of three women to receive the 2021 Hispanic Heritage STEM Award for work on the supersonic parachute that was vital to the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover’s safe landing procedures
Diana Trujillo is one of three women to receive the 2021 Hispanic Heritage STEM Award for her leadership roles at all stages of the Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover’s journey from planning to launch to landing.
Ellen Ochoa was the first Latinx woman to go to space, ultimately logging nearly 1,000 hours in orbit, and the first Latinx director of the Johnson Space Center.
Natalie Diaz was awarded the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for her collection titled Postcolonial Love Poem that speaks to the erasure of Indigenous Peoples and their Land. She was the first Latinx woman to win the prize.
Grab a friend or family member, or come play on your own!
Maker Playground projects are geared for elementary through middle school kids and rotate each month,
be sure to visit us again to see what’s new.
This Maker Playground experience was designed in partnership with: The Hispanic Heritage Foundation and Nickelodeon.