Blacks in Space!™ is a podcast and web series featuring conversations with black scientists and engineers involved in the space industry and space exploration.
In each podcast episode, we’ll explore the work and career of our guest and discuss the challenges they encountered while pursuing their chosen field. We’ll get their perspective on the issues surrounding diversity in STEM fields and consider possible solutions for narrowing the gap and providing opportunities.
“African Americans are under-represented in astronomy, physics and a broad range of sciences. There are a variety of reasons, but one of the clear solutions is to create and sustain interest in science among students from middle school through high school and early college years. Hence, your concept is on-target.”
Lee G. Mundy
Astrophysicist,University of Maryland
Science Advisor - Blacks in Space!™
Each video web series episode is a capsule in which we’ll focus on the personal and professional influences of each guest. What is it that ignited their passion for science, and what is their favorite thing about the work they do now? This might be an elegant equation, an amazing factoid or a theory/idea that fascinates them. Their answer to this question, “The Spark,” will be illustrated with animation, motion graphics and other visual medium - even stick figures are allowed here, if they have attitude.
Our target audience for Blacks in Space!™ are students in middle school, high school, and early college. Each episode might be used to augment a teacher's classroom plan or to enhance the overall mission of the science curriculum. Episodes will also be accessible to the general public through the Blacks in Space!™ web portal, which will include links to information about each guest and their area of research.
Blacks in Space!™ will leverage new media platforms (podcast/video distribution networks, social media platforms, dynamic user interfaces) and reach out to a primed audience of scientists “in potentia,” educators, and the public at large, to promote enthusiasm for space science and exploration.
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