In today’s world, careers in STEM are thriving and make up a significant part of the workforce. Multiple studies have found that often African American students’ interest in STEM subjects is particularly low, especially during the early stages of the learning process (i.e. third grade level). Contributing to this challenge is the underrepresentation of people of color’s contributions to STEM fields. It has been demonstrated that students are more likely to take an interest in areas where they see role models "who look like them."
DCL, Inc.’s digital STEM program, Techies4Tomorrow, address this missing link through a digital learning tool designed to spark interest and excitement about STEM courses. The subject matter is aimed at third through fifth grade level students. The software includes animated stories about accomplished African American STEM professionals. The videos also teach new vocabulary words and provide practice in solving math problems. Our goal is to improve the motivation of African American students to succeed in STEM classes. All students will see images of Black & Brown people who are successful in these various careers. With this tool we are disrupting a learned biases that Blacks don’t perform in STEM fields.