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February 20, 2017

CHESAPEAKE BAY TRUST AWARDS BGDF A $6,000 GRANT FOR EDUCATION AND OUTREACH PROJECT: AFRICAN AMERICAN LIFESTYLE LIVING FOR THE ENVIRONMENT (ALL-EN Project)

OWINGS MILLS, MD – Chesapeake Bay Trust (CBT) recently awarded Black Girls Dive Foundation, Inc. (BGDF) a $6,000 grant to encourage outreach and community engagement activities that increase stewardship ethic of natural resources and on-the-ground restoration activities that demonstrate restoration techniques and engage Maryland citizens in the restoration and protection of the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers. 

                                   ALL-EN Project       African American Lifestyle Living for the Environment

                                   ALL-EN Project
      
African American Lifestyle Living for the Environment

The CBT grant, awarded in January, will be utilized to broaden participation of girls from underserved communities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), specifically E-STEM (Environmental STEM). Participants will learn about geocaching, have several Meaningful Watershed Education Experiences (MWEE), and explore marine and reef ecosystems.  

“There are low participation rates of African American youth exploring what our environment has to offer and engaging in environmental science activities,” said Dr. C. Nevada Winrow, Ph.D., co-founder and BGDF president.  “The ALL- EN Project (African-American Lifestyle Living for the Environment) is a major community-based initiative that exposes youth to a robust set of environmental science activities. With the support of the CBT grant, Black Girls Dive Foundation will be able to offer increased opportunities for youth to actively engage in environmental stewardship and learn about various threats to the environment through field trips and research.”

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Black Girls Dive Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit science education organization, which exposes girls and young women to Science, Technology, Robotics, Engineering, the Arts, Mathematics and Scuba (STREAMS) through aquatic-based recreation, research and career opportunities. The foundation aims to increase African American female representation in STEM area.


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December 14, 2017

NONPROFIT RECEIVES RECOGNITION FROM THE SOCIETY FOR SCIENCE & THE PUBLIC FOR PROGRAM INNOVATION

Black Girls Dive Foundation, Inc. receives STEM Action grant to support girls in the aquatic sciences. 

OWINGS MILLS, MD – Black Girls Dive Foundation, Inc. (BGDF) has received a STEM Action grant from the Society for Science & The Public. STEM Action Grants support organizations that aim to nurture the public’s understanding of STEM fields, spark a life-long interest in and appreciation for STEM fields through unique programming and increase participation in STEM fields of underrepresented populations.

Girls from Black Girls Dive Foundation building their Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicles

Girls from Black Girls Dive Foundation building their Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicles

The STEM Action grant will be utilized to broaden participation of girls in STEM who are from underserved communities and are historically underrepresented in the aquatic sciences. “We are so enthusiastic about the possibilities that lay ahead for the organization and the community we serve.” said Dr. C. Nevada Winrow, Ph.D., Co-Founder and President of BGDF.   “The STEM Action grant provides additional resources that allows us to broaden our impact in the community.”

Black Girls Dive Foundation has two signature programs, STREAMS (Science, Technology, Robotics, Engineering, the Arts, Mathematics and SCUBA and Scientific Diving) and CORAL (Children engaged in Ocean Research and Active Learning). These programs are designed to spark interest in the aquatic sciences and cultivate environmental stewardship. STEM learning facilitators are leading scientists and/or industry practitioners who bring cutting-edge knowledge to the learning environment.


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June 30, 2017

NEW NONPROFIT USES SCUBA AND AQUATIC RESEARCH TO EXPOSE BALTIMORE GIRLS & YOUNG WOMEN TO ‘STEM’ CAREERS

 Black Girls Dive Foundation, Inc. receives federal grant for underwater Remote Operated Vehicles

OWINGS MILLS, MD – Black Girls Dive Foundation, Inc. (BGDF), a newly-founded, non-profit organization plans to expose Baltimore area girls and young women to aquatic-based recreation, research and career opportunities.

                  In June, the Office of Naval Research awarded BGDF a grant to build underwater Remote Operated Vehicles (ROV) for BGDF’s STREAMS Program. The federal grant covers the cost of ROV kits for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) curriculum and programs in schools and through organizations across the country as part of its SeaPerch Program.

“We are grateful for the recognition of Black Girls Dive Foundation as a viable and innovative program for girls and young women and welcome the support of the Office of Naval Research for our STREAMS program, which is our first,” said C. Nevada Winrow, Ph.D., one of BGDF’s co-founders and president. “What makes us unique is that we not only embrace STEM, but recognize the importance of the Arts, Robotics and Scuba in aquatic-based sciences.”

The Foundation’s STREAMS program integrates Science, Technology, Robotics, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics with Scuba diving by having program participants build Remote Operated Vehicles with video Recording (ROVR) capabilities to engage in introductory underwater exploration of diverse marine ecosystems and study reef behavior.

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A collaborative partnership has also been established with Charm City Scuba to conduct dive checkouts and scuba certifications for all BGDF participants under the auspices of the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI).

In addition to its STREAMS program, BGDF disburses scholarships for swimming classes and scuba certifications, engages in coral restoration and conservation activities, and provides mentoring and leadership in STEM.  Program participants are not required to already be able to swim, but possess an interest in STEM and be local girls or young women, aged 9 years old to college-aged freshmen.

“With all our programs, our hope is to encourage African American girls to enter and excel in STEM and to provide opportunities and experiences to ultimately increase representation in aquatic-based STEM areas,” said Winrow, also a PADI-certified master diver and a John Hopkins School of Medicine-trained pediatric neuropsychologist, who founded the organization with her daughter, Taylor, a PADI- certified open water diver and Prion research associate at UC-San Diego, as well as Renita Ellis, Ph.D., a PADI-certified advanced open water diver, and retired U.S. Army veteran.

The organization is hosting its inaugural event at The National Aquarium, Saturday, September 2 at 11 a.m. Details to be determined.

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Black Girls Dive Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit science education organization, which exposes girls and young women to Science, Technology, Robotics, Engineering, the Arts, Mathematics and Scuba (STREAMS) through aquatic-based recreation, research and career opportunities. The foundation aims to increase African American female representation in STEM area.