How dirt biking gives black youth a shot at STEM opportunities


This post is part of Mashable’s ongoing series The Women Fixing STEM, which highlights trailblazing women in science, tech, engineering, and math, as well as initiatives and organizations working to close the industries’ gender gaps.

Kamiya Jordan is a soft-spoken 12-year-old who looks fierce when gripping the handlebars of a dirt bike. You might actually one day glimpse Kamiya’s likeness in the form of a statue, her defiant gaze staring back at onlookers who’ve come to see the work of art that’s replaced one of four Confederate monuments Baltimore mayor Catherine Pugh had removed in 2017.

Kamiya became the model for the planned 3D-printed, 15-foot statue thanks to Brittany Young, a 29-year-old engineer and social entrepreneur who founded B-360, a social enterprise that gives children an opportunity to develop STEM skills by tapping into a shared obsession: urban dirt bike riding. Read more…

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