Disney Wants to Create More Shuri’s

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Happy Friday, Blinkers.

We’ve got a lot to feel good about. For one, Black Panther continues to snatch our edges and our wallets with it’s message of melanin magnificence.

So much so that the mouse company has donated $1 million to the Boys and Girls Club of America to expand their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) youth programs.

The Walt Disney Company’s CEO Robert Iger couldn’t help but gush about the movie’s influence on, well, everyone, releasing this statement:

Marvel Studio’s Black Panther is a masterpiece of movie making and has become an instant cultural phenomenon, sparking discussion, inspiring people young and old, and breaking down age old myths.

Prompting him to create more real life Shuri’s.

It is thrilling to see how inspired young audiences were by the spectacular technology in the film, so it’s fitting that we show our appreciation by helping advance STEM programs for youth, especially in underserved areas of the country, to give them the knowledge and tools to build the future they want.

The grant will also be used to build STEM centers in Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Harlem, Memphis, New Orleans, LA and Oakland, Orlando, Philadelphia and Washington D.C.

The youngsters have a lot to look forward to because they’ll be doing work similar to what Princess Shuri slayed at in the movie. Sans the car chase.

They’ll be tinkering with “3-D printers, robotics, high-definition video production and conferencing equipment” through group exercises and individually, using real apps.

Jim Clark, CEO of Boys and Girls Clubs of America says this is just the beginning.

From hands-on interactive programs to critical thinking, Boys & Girls Clubs of America is committed to providing thousands of young people with the tools they need to prepare for a great future.

Wakanda won’t be the only one churning out tech princesses.

 

Cinderella Pushes Girls to Be Scientific

Keke Palmer is stepping out of her Cinderella ball gown and into a Sherlock trench to get young girls psyched about science and technology.

The Broadway star teamed up with DoSomething.org and 3M, a science-related tech company, to promote a text campaign,hosted by Science Sleuth, that motivates young girls to solve crimes using S.T.E.M (science, technology, engineering and math) concepts.

The campaign launched this month and gives young girls the chance to play “True Detective,” while zeroing in on how science plays a major part in obtaining clues to catch the culprit.The “high-schoolers-turned detectives” will get these kind of conundrums to solve:

“In the hallway the thief posted a ransom note (you guess they wore gloves). Do you examine the note using A) forensic science or B) graphoanalytics (whatever that is).”

The girls that follow through with the campaign, the brainchild of DoSomething.org, can choose between voting on a worthy classroom in need of a revamp courtesy of 3M or learning about careers in the STEM industry.

Let’s pray it’s the latter ’cause numbers don’t lie: 66 percent of girls and 68 percent of boys in fourth grade say they like math and science. But, by eighth grade girls’ interest has waned. Only when exposed to what engineers actually do, 76 percent of girls consider it as a career.

Seeing how Keke is already a groundbreaker–as the first Black Cinderella on Broadway–she was happy to lend her support via PSA.

“I’m honored to be part of a campaign that helps girls succeed. There are so many opportunities available for young women when they’re given the access to the right tools.”

To learn more about the Science Sleuth text campaign visit DoSomething.org/clue or text CLUE to 38383