Three young ladies dominate the NASA OPSPARC Challenge

Disclaimer: Melanin Magic is nothing to play with! (But you knew that already)

Since 2016, NASA has hosted a national online based competition for students grades 3-12  called the Goddard Optimus Prime Spinoff Promotion. Students are asked to display their research and ideas regarding a NASA Spinoff technology in hopes of winning a two-day workshop experience with Scientists and Astronauts.  The students used a combination of text, images, and videos, to create a digital poster showing the innovation.

Image Cortesy of IN3DC

Image Cortesy of IN3DC

The IN3DC  (Inclusive Innovation Incubator) team is comprised of three ambitious young sistas hailing from Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in Washington D.C. ; Mikayla, Bria, and India. These young ladies were coached by Obama White House Champion of Change Marissa Jennings. In IN3’s H2No to H2O "Glog Challenge”, they discuss how they will create a sensor like filter made  to  purify public school systems’ water supply .

Image Courtesy of  NASA Goddard

Image Courtesy of NASA Goddard

The girls received a tremendous amount of support in the public voting phase... over 50,000 votes to be exact . Talk about black girl magic! Now they are just waiting for the final judging phase. No matter the outcome, we can most definitely agree that these three sistas are determined and are going places.

Way to go Mikayla, Bria, and India!

While we are patiently waiting for the winners to be announced, make sure you go check out Inclusive Innovation Incubator's website and their Instagram page!




Hi My name is Kara and Welcome to Ladies Love STEM! I'm full-time graduate student and #STEMsis. When I'm not in the lab, I'm usually enjoying beautiful HotLanta. Here at Our goal is to provide women of color a space to motivate, encourage, and celebrate one another in STEM.

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