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First Black-Owned Private Rocket Company Emerges To Create More Opportunities For Inclusion In Space Exploration

Founder Mateus Chipa wants the Black community to be more involved in space exploration. According to a Scripps News report of the 360 astronauts enlisted with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), just 18 had been Black astronauts as of Feb 5, 2024. For Chipa, he believed that to increase representation and empowerment it would be necessary for an influential Black entrepreneur to launch a company to break down barriers. According to his website, he waited eight years for Black leaders to step forward. In frustration after that time had passed, he decided to take matters into his own hands and established Theby Space Services (TSS) , a Black-owned private rocket company. “TSS came in a place of a lot of frustration, a lot of accountability and responsibility…For the last 10 years, I’ve been frustrated because I haven’t seen any Black nation or individual talking about going in a space,” Chipa said in a video shared on YouTube. “I’ve been asking myself why? Why...

Samantha Dorisca

Apr 16, 2024

Future's Freewishes Foundation Opens A STEAM Lab In His Hometown Of Atlanta

More opportunities for STEAM students have been created through the launch of a new laboratory.

Ngozi Nwanji

May 26, 2023

This Software Engineer Is Said To Have Opened The First Female And Afro-Latino-Owned STEM Education Center In New York City

Niesha Butler has returned to her roots to teach the next generation of children to “Go Pro.” The New York native opened the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) Champs Center for children to thrive in their career paths on Saturday, July 16, 2022. Now, the ballplayer turned software engineer hopes to remind the learning community success is possible in sports and beyond. “We’re excited to bring quality S.T.E.M. curriculum to the Brooklyn and Greater New York City kids. As a kid growing up in this same neighborhood, we were always encouraged to play sports, and through S.T.E.A.M. Champs and the S.T.E.A.M. Champs Foundation, we are encouraging kids to know both and excel in both areas of life,” Butler said in a statement to AfroTech.

Samantha Dorisca

Jul 22, 2022

Olay Body Pledges $100K To Uplift Women In STEAM

Olay Body is here to provide women in the arts with the funding needed to make all of their dreams come true! Businesswire reports that the renowned personal care brand has reiterated its commitment to women in Science, Technology Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) with a $100,000 commitment through scholarship grants. Funds will go to The Fearless Artist (TFA) to support its drive toward artists by equipping them with access to coaching, community, and art buyers that share a desire to create social change. “Olay Body is committed to ensuring women see themselves represented through our brand,” said Freddy Bharucha, P&G’s Vice President of North America Personal Care in an official news release. “By partnering with TFA and offering these scholarships, we can help make a tangible impact in the lives of the very women our new Fearless Artist Collection of body washes represents.” A partnership with Avery Williamson, the Black artist responsible for the vibrant artwork that currently...

Shanique Yates

Jun 16, 2022

Meet Mattaniah Aytenfsu, The Viral UX Engineer Giving You A Front Row Seat To Black History On TikTok

When taking a look at Mattaniah Aytenfsu’s resume, your first guess wouldn’t be that she had no prior experience within her pursued field going into her freshman year of college. While balancing being a student in college, the young science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) student worked with the likes of NASA and TaskRabbit — which eventually led to Google. At 24-years-old, Aytenfsu is a UX engineer for YouTube and a budding TikTok influencer.

Ngozi Nwanji

Feb 10, 2022