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Fact Meets Fiction: Black Panther Success Drives Actual STEM Learning Center coming to Oakland


Okay, this is not quite as cool as an actual Wakandan embassy coming to Oakland, but pretty damn close. Inspired by the success of their movie "Black Panther," Disney is giving $1 million to Boys and Girls Club to fund STEM learning programs around the country, including funding of a "STEM Center of Innovation" in Oakland. 

According to

Boys & Girls Clubs of America will use this one-time grant to further develop its existing national STEM curriculum, and also establish new STEM Centers of Innovation in Atlanta, GA; Baltimore, MD; Chicago, IL; Harlem, NY; Hartford, CT; Memphis, TN; New Orleans, LA; Orlando, FL; Philadelphia, PA; Washington, DC; Watts, CA, and most notably, Oakland, CA. Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Centers of Innovation provide youth with hands-on, advanced technologies that stimulate creative approaches to STEM exploration, including 3-D printers, robotics, high-definition video production and conferencing equipment.

 Shuri, the sister of T'Chala aka the Black Panther, is my favorite character from the new film. She's smart, funny, and has a wonderful rapport with her brother. She's a teenager who's science knowledge drives much of the technical innovation of the Wakandan society. As a young Black woman, she's a great role model.

Shuri and tchalla

Who knows, maybe our next real life Shuri will come from Oaktown? That would be hella dope.

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