Who Invented the Ice Cream Scoop?
Alfred Cralle, an African American businessman in the late 1800s, was working as a porter in a hotel when he noticed that servers in an ice cream shop had trouble with ice cream sticking to spoons. This inspired Cralle to invent a one-handed ice cream scoop with a mechanism to scrape the ice cream out. Patented on Feb. 3, 1897, his design is much like the one we still use today!
A Sweet Program for Junior Inventors
A wonderful children's program happening at the library this month to honor African American History Month and Alfred Cralle's innovative design is STEM Lab: Scooped! Junior inventors are invited to solve a problem so they can be rewarded with a delicious treat.
In STEM Lab: Scooped! kids will make ice cream by hand and try to design their own ice cream scooper. Toppings for their ice cream will be available to finish off this sweet event. They’ll have so much fun they’ll hardly realize they’re engaging in science experiments and engineering!
This program is happening at several locations throughout February. Click here to find the STEM Lab: Scooped program closest to you!
For more ways to celebrate the achievements and contributions made by African Americans, read our blog here for more information about programs and events. Also, be sure to check out our Reader's Advisory picks for children and teen books that celebrate African American History Month: