If you’re a girl and Black, there’s opportunity gap
The reason Silicon Valley is predominantly white male isn’t because they’re more capable. It’s because they’ve had the most opportunity. Women and students of color, 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 young girls access to tech education, Kurani created the Black Girls Code 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. The main classroom has a 10′ tall mural showing the parts inside CPUs, mobile phones, and digital cameras.
The design Kurani created is a perfect learning space for our girls.
CEO, Black Girls Code
In workshops, girls disassemble everyday objects and see what’s inside a toaster, calculator, phone.
Kurani also incorporated gamification into the design. One of the lab’s installations challenges girls to match images of popular tech products – like a VR headset – to the hardware powering it inside.
Building culture at home
As they’re leaving, families take Makey Makeys and Little Bits to continue learning and tinkering at home.