White House to celebrate STEM diversity and ‘Champions of Change’

Patience Edet Goanue | 2/27/2014, 4:56 p.m.

Andrea Hence Evans, Esq., is principal of KidGINEER LLC. KidGINEER is a creative and unique STEM enrichment program targeting students ages 5-10. After learning that by the third grade, a child has permanently lost interest in math and science, Evans formed KidGINEER to expose students to STEM at an early age. The program features six-week hands-on classes focusing on civil engineering, chemical engineering, biology, electrical engineering, robotics, math and computer science. KidGINEER’s hands-on format is designed to expose students to STEM in a fun environment while getting them excited about potential careers in STEM.

Evans is a graduate of the George Washington Law School in Washington, D.C. Evans is also a graduate of Spelman College and Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in mathematics and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. She participated in a five-year dual-degree engineering program. After high school, she received the Women in Science and Engineering full-tuition academic scholarship to Spelman College and Georgia Tech from NASA and worked on numerous engineering projects at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, as a summer intern. Evans is also the principal of the Law Firm of Andrea Hence Evans LLC, an intellectual property law firm in the Washington, D.C., area.

Eunique Jones Gibson is an artist, cultural architect, media specialist, wife and mother committed to educating and connecting a new generation to heroes who have paved the way. In 2013, she launched the Because of Them, We Can campaign during Black History Month with a mission to encourage young people to honor the legacy of our ancestors through their own individual pursuit of greatness. The campaign, which has been considered one of the most prolific and virally successful Black history campaigns of all time, features photographs and videos of adorable children channeling successful leaders, activists and celebrities, past and present, from across the African Diaspora.

In addition to the Because of Them, We Can campaign, Gibson is also credited with spearheading the I AM Trayvon Martin photo awareness campaigns in 2012. She is committed to using the arts, media and technology to advocate for social change and help people reimagine themselves.

Dr. Reagan Flowers began her education career as a high school science teacher and has since remained dedicated to her calling as a leader in academia. Flowers’ experience caused her to take up the mission of closing the academic achievement gap through the founding of C-STEM Teacher and Student Support Services Inc.

In 2002, Flowers created the nation’s first integrated STEM enrichment program for pre-K through 12th grade. She combined the experience she had as an educator with her personal childhood learning challenges and created a theory and action plan in her doctoral dissertation. For 12 years, Flowers, has been implementing integrated STEM best practices into classrooms internationally. Flowers founded C-STEM using her personal resources and has led the organization in an unprecedented expansion of services and revenue growth. The organization has impacted more than 100,000 students, and its revenue over the years has grown from $5,000 to more than $3 million.