We are a STEM Brand founded by a Black Woman Mechanical Engineer, Amaka Amalu, a 1% percenter in her field.
As a Black Woman Mechanical Engineer, Amaka is a rare breed. Even today, black women comprise less than two percent of the mechanical engineering workforce. Amaka has spent her career being the only woman, black person or black woman in the room. This inspired her to become a STEM for Girls advocate; and she started with her niece, Emma.
When Amaka noticed Emma’s interest in STEM activities, Amaka wanted to develop and nurture this passion through fun activities. Those activities grew into their YouTube channel, Engineer Emma, and now a STEM book series. Together, Amaka and Emma want to show young girls (and boys), especially of color, the fun side of STEM and help to increase interest in this fast growing field.
To further her goal of advocating STEM for Girls, in 2016, Amaka founded a STEM Non-Profit, Tech Girl Power (TGP). TGP focuses on nurturing STEM interest in young girls from lower-socioeconomic levels. Amaka partners with other female engineers to create free after school workshops. She introduces students to fun, hands-on STEM activities like building bionic hands, building drones and coding robots. Amaka’s work to increase minority representation in STEM fields and break the cycle of poverty in low-income, minority communities has garnered her awards and recognitions from The Miami Foundation, The Miami Herald, Brickell Magazine, Radical Partners and more.