The Black Girls Create Project: A Pilot Culturally Responsive Informal STEM Learning Program

Posted by Wellesley Centers for Women on February 27, 2024

Black Girls Create 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. 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.

In 2021, Black Girls Create, in collaboration with Spelman College, received a grant from the National Science Foundation for a two-year feasibility study that seeks to explore how engagement in BGC affects middle school girls’ STEM interest, STEM confidence, and racial and gender identities.

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