If you’re a girl and Black, there’s opportunity gap
The reason Silicon Valley is predominantly white male isn’t because they care more about tech or they’re more capable. It’s because they’ve had the most opportunity. Women and minorities, on the other hand, have fewer STEM education opportunities — not to mention having to fight a false stereotype that they’re not good enough. To give more girls and minorities opportunity to learn technology, we partnered with Black Girls Code to build a coding lab in New York City.
The lab gives girls a place to meet other girls doing tech. It’s an important alternate reality for them to see, different from the face of tech the media shows them. To build their confidence, the lab’s design demystifies how technology works. In the main classroom, girls are surrounded by wall graphics illustrating the anatomy of seminal technologies like a CPU, mobile phone, and digital camera.
The design Kurani created is a perfect learning space for our girls.
CEO, Black Girls Code
Before and during workshops, girls get to play with gadgets and everyday objects that have been cracked open by the staff. There’s even an interactive game for matching the shells of popular products like VR headsets and a Playstation with the hardware powering them from the inside.
Building culture at home
As they’re leaving, girls can take Makey Makeys and Little Bits kits to continue learning and tinkering at home with their families.