This culturally responsive STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) program seeks to increase underserved girls' interest and confidence in science and math.
The Black Girls Create (BGC) Project is a culturally responsive STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) program that seeks to increase underserved girls' interest and confidence in science and math. This project builds on the notion that informal learning spaces can provide underserved students with access to quality and culturally relevant STEM activities that are often unavailable in their schools. The objectives of this project are to increase participants' interest in STEM fields and their confidence in their abilities to master science and math subjects. Unique features of this program are (1) the use of social history (i.e., learning about Black women's contributions to STEM), (2) culturally responsive instruction (i.e., anchoring STEM learning within the cultural context of girls’ lives), (3) mentorship from young, diverse scientific role models, and (4) the development of transferable STEM skills through design and digital fabrication.
LaShawnda Lindsay, Ph.D.