In 2016, the funding that Edison provided for the DASIT Project gave us the opportunity to further our engagement in work in two areas that are very important to us;
- The health and well-being of women & girls.
- (STEM) science, technology, engineering and math.
BWW has continued to highlight the importance of educational and career opportunities in STEM for people of color, especially women and girls, through DASIT. Recent studies have indicated that the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields lack equitable representation of women and people of color. African Americans comprise approximately 3% of scientists and engineers; Latinos less than 4% and the representation of women in STEM fields is equally alarming with only one in ten STEM professionals representing as women of color.
With consistent support from Edison International, the DASIT Project has been able to promote and provide support to the STEM pipeline by providing engaging STEM activities for elementary, middle and high school students in the areas of Inventions and Innovations of people of color, solar technology and design and Aeronautical Science. Through these efforts, we work to dispel the overwhelming disparities and highlight the under publicized successes of people in color in STEM so students and communities can imagine and experience the impact STEM Education and Careers can have on youth and community development.