STEM-Hero? Black Engineers Look To ‘Black Panther’ To Recruit Students Of Color

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As a child in the Midwest, David Johnson said he dreamed of becoming an engineer.

But finding mentors who looked like him was hard. African Americans have long been underrepresented in science and engineering — even now, federal data show that only about 4 percent of engineers in the U.S. are black.

Comic books are what transported him to new worlds: Marvel superheroes like the Hulk, Spiderman, Cable and Black Panther “way back in the day,” said Johnson, now 38 and an aerospace and mechanical engineer in Connecticut. Check out the full story.

By Vanessa de la Torre, Connecticut Public Radio


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