STEM Pioneers

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Legacy STEM Pioneers – Garrett Morgan

Starting his career as a sewing-machine repairman, Garrett Morgan developed some of our most important modern devices. Born in 1877, according to the African-American Registry, Morgan learned the clothing-manufacturing industry and eventually launched his own business using sewing machines that he built. Inspired by a horrific horse-drawn carriage and automobile accident, Morgan applied for a U.S. patent for his three-position traffic signal, which was granted in 1923. Learn more about Garrett Morgan.

Today’s STEM Leaders – Kimberly Bryant

In 2011, a Vanderbuilt University Electrical Engineering Major/Math, CS Minor named Kimberly Bryant launched Black Girls Code, an organization that promotes the computer science and technological areas of STEM among girls of color ages 7-17. A biotechnology and engineering veteran, Bryant has grown Black Girls Code into a resource for young girls to engage in technology workshops and after-school programs throughout the United States and in South Africa. Learn more about Kimberly Bryant’s mission to inspire girls from underrepresented communities to pursue STEM.

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