Brittany Rhodes in Detroit is giving back to her community with her love of math by helping young girls overcome math anxiety!
Brittany Rhodes is great at math and has always been good at it! A gradute in this field from Spelman, she started tutoring female algebra students in her community and realized they all struggled with basic mathematics.
After researching academic journals about black girls and math anxiety, Rhodes discovered that this was a pressing need in her community. “Math anxiety affects females and people of color more than it does the rest of the population,” she said. “Girls struggle when it comes to math and science. They tend to feel less confident than boys do, and that’s girls no matter what race. So you have this gender gap that already exists that we know and is well-documented, and then we have a very wide racial gap.”
And BOOM – Black Girl MATHgic was born! Each month, subscribers will receive a box containing a math lesson or activity, items to make the activity tangible (stickers, erasers, and more items that fit within the math theme), a profile of a black female mathematician, and an affirmation to boost self-confidence.While her target audience is adolescent girls, Rhodes says that adults looking to purchase a subscription are more than welcome.
To check out the boxes and learn more, click here!
Source: Neighborhoods – Detroit Spirit Article