How One Woman Is Taking Dirt Bike Culture and Turning It Into STEM Education...Link type:
In Baltimore, Md., long considered the capital of dirt bike culture, the sport endures. Brittany Young, an elementary school technology instructor and former chemical engineer, is tapping into that love as a platform for something bigger. Through her grant-funded B-360 program, Young is using bike culture to introduce more black children to STEM. At the same time, she hopes to decrease street riding in Baltimore and to challenge the negative perception of this popular hobby. “People think that an engineer looks a certain way, and then people think a dirt bike rider is a certain type of person,” said Young, noting that black people are underrepresented in STEM fields. According to a 2018 report by the Pew Research Center, black people account for 11 percent of the U.S. workforce overall but represent only seven percent of STEM workers with a bachelor’s degree or higher.
Oak Park Teen Saving Local Law Enforcement Hundreds of Dollars With Robotics Project
Jaeza Robertson, 17, of Oak Park High School and her Oak Park High School’s robotics team are building a robot that will be a part of the department’s crisis negotiations team. In fact, once fully operational, it will be used in hostage situations to get necessary items to those requesting them without putting members of the force directly in harms way. Something like this doesn’t come cheap. “We’re working on mounting an arm to open doors and things like that,” Jaeza said. Major Erik Holland with the Platte County Sheriff’s Office said a robot of this caliber would typically cost in the six figures. But with the help of Jaeza and her robotics team, the price tag is right about $5,000.
Age is Just a Number When Philly Girls Play Chess
At just six years old, Bella was one of ASAP’s youngest participants at the 2018 Philly Girls Play Chess summer camp. Although she had less experience than the older campers, Bella’s determination, desire and passion to play was unrivaled. In fact, she was only in kindergarten when she asked her father if she could play in her first chess tournament. Bella was competing in her first ASAP Chess event in January 2018 at the Annual ASAP-PECO Checkmate Violence tournament. It is one of the largest competitions of the year with more than 250 students. Following Checkmate Violence, Bella went on to compete in over five tournaments leading up to the girl’s camp. By the time summer rolled around, she was ready to take on new challengers and learn new skills. Little did she know, at the mere age of six, Bella would be embraced by a community of strong, female chess players of all ages at various levels of play, united by their passion for the game.