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This Oakland Teen Started A Nonprofit to Introduce Youth to the Wonders of Science

We could all learn a lesson on time management from one high school senior, Ahmed Muhammad. He finds time to juggle playing basketball, take college courses on top of his high school classes, and design science kits for his nonprofit. According to Because of Them We Can (BOTWC), Muhammad launched Kits Cubed in March 2020 to provide kids with hands-on science experience. It was this very experience that was used in his college admissions essay and now he will be the first person in his family to attend college following his recent admission into Stanford University. “It was a dream come true,” he said, according to CNN. “It still doesn’t feel real.” The Oakland Technical senior says he drew inspiration from his kits while babysitting his niece and nephew. He says it was his nephew’s dislike for science that compelled him to start the nonprofit. “He literally loved everything, and then when I brought up science, he doubted himself,” shared Muhammad. “He didn’t believe in himself...

Jan 11, 2021

Awakening STEM's Mission is to Provide Quality STEM Services to People of Color

Last year, while I was standing with my sixth-grade all-Black team at a National STEM competition in Houston, Texas, I looked around surprised (or maybe not) at what I saw. With the 58 middle school teams they were competing against, I could count on a few fingers how many other teams looked like them. What was even more shocking, as our team went to the “trade floor” — a space for companies to talk about their business and expose students to different STEM careers — and heard companies talk about robots to repair wind turbines and new technology for solar energy, no one speaking to them looked like them. None of them were Black. I found two Black women with badges on and ran over to them. I told them I’ve been searching for an exhibit to show my team that had Black people working it. She looked at me sadly and said, “This isn’t our exhibit. We were just hired to tell people to watch their step, so they won’t trip.” I knew right then something had to change. How could I prepare my...

Nov 29, 2019