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STREAMS program featured in Chesapeake Bay Magazine


Capstone 2019 Andros Island

Young scholars from cohort 2, Violet Smith, Akai Conroy, Mackenzie Jones, Symantha Sanders and Skye Garrett travel to Andros Island, Bahamas for their Capstone Expedition.


Black Girls Dive Foundation Awarded the 2019 Impact Grant from The Pollination Project

BGDF was awarded an Impact Grant to further their community impact in cultivating young girls STEM identities.

Ocean Expedition Trust
Dr. Nevada Winrow

Dr. Winrow is headed on the Nautilus Exploration Vessel for the 2018 Expedition to Papahanaumokuakea. The Nautilus ship will head northwest into Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument (PMNM) the extension of the Hawaiian Island chain. This expedition’s goal is to conduct the first ever exploration of ten seamounts located inside PMNM. With the exception of a single swath of multibeam data from a ship transiting this area, none of the seamounts have been mapped, dredged, or surveyed. In 2017, NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer found vibrant coral and sponge gardens throughout the Musician’s Seamounts. This expedition focuses on the nearest monument features to this seamount chain. Many questions remain to be investigated and the unnamed group studied by this expedition are the next closest seafloor features. Serious questions remain about how these seamounts were formed and what types of biological communities may exist along the slopes.

A Celebration of Black Men in STEM: What is Your Narrative?
Dr. brandon jones

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The Academic of Science, Engineering, and Medicine has selected Dr. Jones to serve as a panel, A Celebration of Black Men in STEM: What is Your Narrative?

February 23, 2018 8:45 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Lecture Room National Academy of Sciences Building 2101 Constitution Avenue, Washington DC, 20418



dr. ashanti johnson,
chief of research & science

Our Chief of Research and Science was featured in the January issue of  Essence Magazine. The article is "STEM's New Guard: 15 women who are paving the way and paying it forward." Dr. Johnson is a true testimony of paying it forward.

society for science & the public

Black Girls Dive Foundation is recognized for its innovative programming and awarded the STEM Action grant from the Society for Science & The Public.

The pollination project

Black Girls Dive Foundation receives a grant from The Pollination Project to provide quality out-of-school-time STEM programming for girls from the inner city youth. This program is designed to empower and expose girls from underserved communities and who are historically underrepresented in the aquatic sciences to engage in marine science-related activities. Using robotics, Ocean Science, and SCUBA and Scientific Diving, these girls explore diverse marine ecosystems. 

Seaperch - Office of Naval Research

Black Girls Dive Foundation receives a grant through the Office of Naval Research to expose girls to underwater robotics and engineering. Youth will learn about engineering and robotics and build underwater remote operated vehicles. This experience will culminate with youth participating in a local SeaPerch competition where they will compete against different robotic programs.


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new membership with MOST

Black Girls Dive Foundation is now a part of the STEMbassador Learning Community of the Maryland Out of School Time State network.