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Now – April 2, 2022

Now to April 2, 2022

“All we need…is to set the creative mind to work.”

George Washington Carver

A traveling exhibit that celebrates the contributions of African Americans to medicine, mathematics, engineering, and all branches of science, it highlight’s some of today’s and notable figures from the past’s outstanding careers and achievements.

The exhibit consists of seven colorful panels—an introduction and separate panels focused on medicine, mathematics, engineering, biological sciences, physical sciences, and social sciences.

Watch a sneak peak of The Creative Mind before you go from the City of Norfolk!

Ticket Details:

– FREE for Nauticus Members
– Included in General Admission Ticket ($15.95/adult* & $11.50/child* *plus tax)

Medicine

From the world’s first heart surgery to the latest advances in medical science, African American physicians have long been on the leading edge of medicine.

Mathematics

Through theories, calculations and statistics, mathematicians seek to understand and address problems of human behavior, economics, technology, and the universe.

Social Sciences

Social scientists study human culture and society, often looking to causes and consequences of behavior and applying scientific methods of analysis.

Physical Sciences

In the physical sciences, innovative interdisciplinary fields offer exciting potential for creative solutions to problems of the 21st century.

Biological Sciences

Biological scientists study living organisms – from the sub-cellular level to ecosystems of the biosphere – and research possibilities of life beyond Earth.

Engineering

Engineers work creatively to design technological systems, products, and structures that affect our lives and shape the future.

Exhibition Events, Activities & Virtual Programs

Join the Nauticus team for special events, virtual programs and activities within The Creative Mind exhibition that are included with general admission/membership.

January Schedule

January 15 – Opening Day with $7.57 Special Admission

We’re celebrating the debut of The Creative Mind with $7.57 admission for ALL VISITORS on January 15! Admission includes access to the exhibition in addition to special programming centered on the celebration and contributions of African Americans to medicine, mathematics, engineering, and all branches of science.

Special programs include:

  • Modeling the Future: How Scientists Understand Climate Change: Visit our Weather Lab to learn about meteorologist and National Medal of Science recipient Warren Washington. He specializes in computer modeling of Earth’s climate. Scientists can use these models to simulate and better comprehend future climate change. Watch as we project how climate change is affecting extreme weather events on our giant 3-D Earth, Science on a Sphere.
  • Plastic Pollution, Lifelong Solutions: Techniques for Recycling and Reusing Plastics: W. Lincoln Hawkins, a chemical engineer conducted significant research in developing ways to recycle plastics. Find out the many ways Nauticus is tackling the plastic pollution problem. Bring in your plastic bags for our NexTrex recycling challenge and be part of the solution!
  • Using Salty Seas to meet our Water Needs: From Olympic medalist to U.S. Navy officer, engineering physicist Meredith Gourdine bears a long list of personal and professional achievements. As an inventor, he holds dozens of patents dealing with gas dispersion and conversion. Among these patents is a method for desalination of sea water, an important process to aid in today’s global water crisis. Observe our desalination demo to discover how non-potable salt water can be converted into a freshwater resource.
  • Chesapeake Public Library: Charles Drew championed ending racial discrimination in blood transfusions, raising awareness that skin color has no effect on blood types. Today, scientists have expanded on this research to study horseshoe crab blood and its’ effectiveness for detecting contaminants in injectable drugs and medical devices and equipment. Using food coloring, learn how blood types in humans and many marine animals really work, and discover just how blood transfusions save lives on land and sea.
February Schedule

February 24-27 – Afrofuturism; Black Scientists and Science Fiction 

Afrofuturism—the merging of Black history and culture with science fiction, science, technology and art—is the theme for Nauticus’ Black History/Future Month celebration. Afrofuturism is a creative genre that addresses inequity and environmental stewardship very clearly while also inspiring and empowering the scientists and change makers who could build better future. Join us to celebrate all the amazing Afrofuturism creators who have dared us to dream bigger and the Black environmental and sustainable scientists who were inspired by them!  

This exhibition is hosted by the Nauticus foundation and made possible by our Presenting Sponsor:

Medicine
From the world’s first heart surgery to the latest advances in medical science, African American physicians have long been on the leading edge of medicine.
Mathematics
Through theories, calculations and statistics, mathematicians seek to understand and address problems of human behavior, economics, technology, and the universe.
Social Sciences
Social scientists study human culture and society, often looking to causes and consequences of behavior and applying scientific methods of analysis.
Physical Sciences
In the physical sciences, innovative interdisciplinary fields offer exciting potential for creative solutions to problems of the 21st century.
Biological Sciences
Biological scientists study living organisms – from the sub-cellular level to ecosystems of the biosphere – and research possibilities of life beyond Earth.
Engineering
Engineers work creatively to design technological systems, products, and structures that affect our lives and shape the future.

This exhibition is hosted by the Nauticus foundation and made possible by our Presenting Sponsor:

THE CREATIVE MIND made its debut in 2012 at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia and at the Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences, in Washington, D.C. It has since been exhibited at dozens of museums, libraries, universities, and community centers across the country including the African American Museum of Nassau County, Hempstead, NY; the Family Heritage House Museum, Bradenton, FL; the Madison Science Museum, Madison, WI; the Mid-America Science Museum, Hot Springs, AR; the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; the University of Washington, Seattle; and the Zion-Benton Public Library, Zion, IL. The exhibition was created by the African American History Program of the National Academies of SciencesEngineering, and Medicine, Washington, D.C. Learn more, and read biographies of African American scientists, engineers, and doctors  at www.africanamericanhistoryprogram.org.