Due to the pioneering efforts of such scholars as Dr. Andrea Taylor (left), interest in the fields of technology and science by young women is picking up steam. DivaSteam, that is. Dr. Taylor is the volunteer director of the divaSTEAM robotics program located at the Magnolia Tree Earth Center of Bedford-Stuyvesant. A lifelong life-long resident of Bed-Stuy, Dr. Taylor is the daughter of Mary and Herbert Von King. Seen in the photo above are: Lydia Wells, Kira Minott, Angelina Minnott, Aliah Gilkes Richardson, Chloe Debanque and Tayon Regist.
The robotics team name is divaSTEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math). “Our team may be the only community organization in Brooklyn competing in the First Lego League Competition. Schools usually have a robotics team. The team is working on a presentation to provide relief to underserved communities in the event of a natural disaster through robotics and their focus is Coney Island. We hosted an event at the Magnolia Tree Earth Center in conjunction with the Bed-Stuy Action Coalition in Remembrance of Hurricane Sandy. DivaSTEAM is also organizing a practice tournament on January 4th in Bedford-Stuyvesant to expose the greater community to the importance of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) in communities of color. Additionally, the team is practicing mindfulness and meditation in partnership with the Awake Youth Project, a project of the Brooklyn Zen Center and participated in a one-day youth retreat. They will be competing in the Brooklyn Qualifying Competition on January 11, 2014 at NYU Poly Tech in hopes of going on to the Jacob Javitz Competition.” Clarissa James, Executive Director and co-founder with Sha Sha Feng.
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