My Quest To Teach

April 8, 2017

Black Girl Magic As An Agent of STEM

STEM  Panelists
Hortinse Diggs – Grace Johnson – Mary Madison – Lesley Harris

“Science is not a boy’s game, it’s not a girl’s game.
It’s everyone’s game. It’s about where we are and
where we’re going.
Space travel benefits us here on Earth. And we
ain’t stopped yet. There’s more exploration to come.”
Nichelle Nichols, former NASA Ambassador and actress

“When I was young I was very interested in science
and technology, and my dad brought home the first
computer. I played pac man and I was hooked!
By learning to create technology, girls learn to
speak up.”
Regina Agyare, Founder of software company
Soronko Solutions

“Suppose you came across a woman lying on the street
with an elephant sitting on her chest. You notice she
is short of breath. Shortness of breath can be a symptom
of heart problems. In her case, the much more likely
cause is the elephant on her chest.
For a long time, society put obstacles in the way of
women who wanted to enter the sciences. That is the
elephant. Until the playing field has been leveled and
lingering stereotypes are gone, you can’t even ask
the question.”
Sally Ride
First American Woman in Space
Challenger Space Shuttle, 1983

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VIDEOS

Encouraging Words from Women of STEM

Encouraging our students in STEM

A Good Work Ethic Is Important

Have a Passion for Math

Build Friendships with Others

Mentoring and Allow God to Work

Put In That Vision for College Early

You have to believe in yourself always

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PHOTOS

April 5, 2017

Black Girl Magic – Walking the Path as An Agent of STEAM

Black Girl Magic – Walking the Path as An Agent of STEAM
by William Jackson – @wmjackson Twitter

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“No idea is ever too small to start something big.
Nothing is impossible; it’s just a matter of hard
work and identifying the right opportunities.”
Eloine Barry Of African Media Agency

Many sororities are sharing inspiring stories of women
that are no longer Hidden Figures, they are pioneers
and innovators, they are visible and inspiring girls and
women to enter into new fields. They are role models
and mentors to build girls and women to stand on strong
shoulders to climb higher and fly further. Through STEM
education and STEAM integration women are taking
leadership roles and creating transformative changes in
society and are role models for girls following behind
them.

The women of AKA and the HBCU-Edward Waters College
recently held an inspirational panel discussion to
share the victories, challenges and inspiration of
Black Girl Magic and that Black Girls Do Rock in STEM.
The panel consisted of women that are engineers with
NASA, educators with the skills of mathematics and
community activists.

Pioneering the way for girls and women to see the poten-
tial of new ways to explore the planets, the oceans and
even inner space within the human body. STEM, STEAM
and even STREAM are the way to go for girls and boys,
men and women especially of color like
Taylor Richardson a real life Power Puff Girl hear her story:
https://www.facebook.com/hulu/videos/1408713792500385/

People of color especially  girls  and  boys of color and
culture are provided so many opportunities to grow beyond
the limited expectations of those that only see stereo-
types and looking through their biases. Still caught
in an era of separation of cultures and even genders.
This should stop, it is a time for unity to encourage
exploration and scientific discovery. To think and live
out of the boxes of poverty and unemployment.

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Natalie on the right…..

Natalie McGriff, Taylor Richardson, Deyona Burton are
examples influencing girls and women not just on a local
and national level, but on an international platform of
diversity and acceptance in the differences we have.
Girls have wonderful opportunities to chase their
dreams in fields once commanded by men. STEM, STREAM
and STEAM provide unlimited access to educational
equality, research and development opportunities.
Internships and scholarships that at one time where
only considered for males to fill. Now women are
qualifying for new careers that demand higher order
thinking, critical thinking, innovative thinking and
thinking out of the box strategies that tackle 21st
century challenges that our
society faces today and may face in the future.

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Elisha (left), unknown, Deyona(3rd from left)
Taylor (2nd from right), Jon right

Deyona Burton involved in her community and making
sure her future is clear in the areas of STEM she
is passionate in and guided by her mother who has
dreams of success and prosperity.

Ms. Richardson and others are showing that the
road is paved with success if the person is willing
to work hard in the classroom and in the community.
Astronaut StarBright (Taylor Richardson), inspiring
girls everywhere!!! Not just making excuses, but
working hard in school and the community.
https://www.facebook.com/bbcnews/videos/1275012832582927/

The shout and scream excitement is that girls  and
women are not limited any longer by their complacency
to better themselves. They do not have to wait on
a door to open, they do not have to wait on a man,
they are busting down doors, shattering glass
ceilings and creating their own innovative
initiatives that influence society and creating
their own movements and moments with urgency
and purpose. They are not settling for anything
in live, taking hold of each day with a passion,
purpose and potential to be leaders and innovators.

Moxie Girl and The Astronaut

The epitome of Black Girl Magic and Black Girls Rule
and Rock are girls that see the world differently, do
not limit themselves by anyone else’s standards.
They are making their own rules and raising the
standards. Just as little girls on the play grounds
chant, “girls rule and boys drool,” it is being produced
on many levels.
https://blavity.com/this-13-year-old-aspiring-astronaut-is-spreading-blackgirlmagic?utm_content=buffer2245c&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Other girls to watch and follow that are promoting
literacy, education, positive self image and even
community activism.
The world claims it needs role models and they are
in plain site providing examples of excellence and
imagination.
The Adventures of Moxie Girl!
https://www.facebook.com/theadventuresofmoxiegirl/videos/1870167626553626/
The Adventure of Moxie Girl Facebook Page
https://www.facebook.com/theadventuresofmoxiegirl/
#25daysofMoxie Twitter and Facebook

What does strength have to do with it? Ask the women of
The Strength of SHE @strengthofshe – unity and sisterhood
that builds a coalition – “Empowering black women to
stay beautiful, healthy & love themselves” taken from
http://www.thestrengthofshe.com/
The growth of Black Girl Magic is not a singularity
it is more than a duality it is a culture and a
collective. Spanning generations and even connected in
the magnificence of innovation and creativity.

Black Girl Magic – Walking the Path as An Agent of STEAM
requires a vision for success, it demands planning and
learning how to be a visionary and to follow dreams that
seem impossible to others, they are just a walk in the
park for women of color and culture.

This blog is in dedication to the Black Girl Magic
that influences the world, that inspires, that engages
and even creates the fear of failure, but the will to
face any challenge. The demand for gender parity and
equality, for education to all girls and women of color
and culture, this is the age of
Black Girl Magic and Black Girls Rock the world.

Even on an international level on the continent of Africa
women are leading and changing the paradigm of mindsets
and entrepreneurialism. The development of women in a world
that cannot get out of the way of changes that are needed
and in many ways desired. These events even leads to Africa
where She Leads Africa explodes http://sheleadsafrica.com/

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Resources:
Black Women as Doctors
Melanin, M.D. – @MelaninMD
1st & 2nd yr med students tweeting advice/inspiration for
premeds. Aiming to enrich medicine through diversity.
http://melaninmd.org/shop | melaninmd@gmail.com

Excited about the opportunity to send two local youths
from Jacksonville, FL, to Space Camp with the remaining
funds raised from the Hidden Figures movie initiative.
Check out the link below for more information on
Space Camp.
http://www.spacecamp.com

The applicant  must  be  between the ages of 12 – 16 and
write an essay on why he or she should go to
Space Camp.
The essay must be no more than 500 words.
All essays are due by April 15, 2017 and should be
“mailed” to:
Attn: Taylor Richardson
PO Box 54601
Jacksonville, FL 32245

No email essays will be accepted.
We will announce the winners mid May 2017.
Please be sure to check spelling, grammar and the
usage of any data related to you being selected.
Good luck!!!!

 

March 17, 2017

The Hidden Magic In Children of Color

The Hidden Magic In Children of Color
by William Jackson and Breyonna Fox
#MyQuestToTeach

 

Inspired by the movie Hidden Figures and the book
by Margot Lee Shetterly
How many girls of color are super smart in mathematics,
how many want to be engineers, how many girls of color
want to be doctors and lawyers, scientists and pilots?

How many want to be vetrienarians and writers like Breyanna
Fox a sophmore attending High School in Jacksonville,
Florida, she is interning with My Quest To Teach writing
blogs that are read nationally and Taylor Richardson of
Bolles Middle School, her dreams to be an astronaut
traveling to Mars and exploring the Red Planet. How many
want to be like Angie Nixon’s daughter Natalie creating
a national following with The Adventures of Moxie McGriff
http://moxiemcgriff.com/

Mayor Brown and Natalie

 

How many boys of color love to read and how many enjoy
building with Legos and other materials that would make
them the next architects and designers of our national
infrastructure for roads and buildings. Young men like
Elisha Taylor an 8th grade students that loves robotics,
reading and has spoken at conferences, TEDxFSCJ and
attending WordCamps and EdCamps in Florida
https://myquesttoteach.wordpress.com/elisha-taylor/

 

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Young men such as Jon Gregory of Edward Waters College
studying to be an elementary education teacher working
with TEAM UP in Jacksonville, Florida.
He has spoken at TEDxFSCJ, EdCamp NASBE and attended
WordPress and WordCamp events. One of the first to
speak at the Edward Waters TIGER TALKS Experience.

Each of these dynamic and success driven visionaries
are embracing their talents as smart creatives and
innovators for the future. How many boys and girls of
color will be able to design future space ships that
will take astronauts beyond Mars and to the stars?
These are dreams that many do have. There is Hidden
Magic in children of color and culture that
needs to be cultivated and encouraged.

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The movie Hidden Figures has sparked a renewed interest
in the need for girls and women to enter into STEM
careers, it is a call for boys and men also to get
involved in STEM and STEAM that allows the imagination
to know no limitations. Girls and women shatter glass
ceilings, boys and men demolishing walls that keep them
out of innovative and historic careers with tech.

There was a time as seen in the movie Hidden Figures
where Black girls and boys were honored as scholars
and intellectuals, what has happened in the 21st
century? There are too many that are scared to read
books in public, too many that will be bullied because
they love math and science.
The question WHY is a question that needs to be answered!!
Not just in schools, but in homes where parents are the
first educators. How can kids bring guns to school, but
struggle to bring books to and from school?

Why are our Black girls and boys that can be honor
students scared to be academically successful? What has
happened since the days when Blacks had to secretely learn
how to read using the Bible that was hidden away. That
was a “hidden treasure” because it was the tool that Blacks
used to start the educational process that even continues
today. HBCUs had to struggle to teach not because of money,
but because society did not think Blacks were smart enough
to be anything other than field workers, hired hands and
property.

These stories are not science fiction, but science fact
how Blacks have influenced a time in national history.
“If Not for Them” there may have not been a journey to
the moon or if there had been, it may have cost more
human lives. Look at the facts that Blacks helped put a
man in space, Blacks helped put a man on the moon and
Blacks continue to do this.

HBCUs have contributed to thousands of #HiddenFigures
that are still unknown and their contributions are
historical in the benefits we enjoy today. Parents
and teachers need to work together to create cultures
of learning not just for school learning, but for the
betterment of our cultures and societies. It is because
of the diversity that America has that is why this
nation is still the best place in the world to live
because we enjoy freedoms that our constitution allows
for everyone.

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