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Blazing Trails: African Americans in STEM

400 West Hanes Mill Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27105
United States

Blazing Trails: African Americans in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics was held at SciWorks in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  The four scientists and moderator convened in the SciWorks Auditorium to present first one at a time and then as a panel about their life and work. Students were given the chance to ask questions of the scientists ranging from complicated dog tricks to what it was like to be a scientist.  The program was moderated by Denise Franklin, General Manager of WFDD, the local NPR affiliate. SciWorks was one of ScienceMakers' science center partners in 2012.

The participating scientists included Andrea Lawrence, Spelman College; Godfrey Gumbs, Hunter College; Calvin Howell, Duke University; and Erich Jarvis, Duke University. 

During the student program the following Saturday, students from the YWCA Winston-Salem and Winston Salem State University's Pre-College program were given the opportunity to pair off with scientists and speak to them about their work and their life as a scientist.  The students recorded their sessions with the scientists using flip cameras and prepared questions ahead of time to ask each scientist.


National Science Foundation