By Mike Mudano
Oakland, Calif. appears at the beginning and end of Black Panther, bringing the hero, T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) and his sister, Shuri (Letitia Wright), full circle in perhaps one of the most visually beautiful, innovative and breathtaking superhero films of all time, Marvel’s Black Panther. The film has broken numerous box office records and achieved widespread critical acclaim. So in light of those facts, it makes sense that Oakland will be one of the cities where Disney plans to help start a STEM center, though it’s not the only one. Disney is providing a one-time grant to help the Boys & Girls Club of America further expand its already-developed STEM curriculum, adding 12 new STEM centers of innovation in these communities: Atlanta, Ga.; Baltimore, Md.; Chicago, Ill.; Harlem, N.Y.; Hartford, Conn.; Memphis, Tenn.; New Orleans, La.; Orlando, Fla.; Philadelphia, Pa.; Washington, D.C.; Watts, Calif.; and yes, Oakland.
Because of Black Panther’s gigantic impact, not only in pop culture and film history but also in its themes surrounding technology and innovation, Disney has officially announced plans to help open STEM Centers across the United States. STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and math. As viewed by the United States National Research Council and the National Science Foundation, STEM are the core technological foundations of an advanced society.
Source: Paste Magazine