Coding in the Community: Innovation and Collaboration

INROADS and STEMBoard join forces with the 100 Black Men of Greater Washington DC to bring Innovative Coding Activities to Minority Students in Washington DC

Washington, DC − INROADS, Inc. and STEMBoard formally launched their strategic alliance this weekend with a technology program for local students.

This program brings together students, professionals and entrepreneurs to expand opportunities in STEM/STEAM. Students enrolled in INROADS’ College Links DC program and the 100 Black Men of Greater Washington DC’s Saturday STEM Academy participated in a coding workshop. There, they learned to develop and apply cutting-edge coding and technology development tools to solve real-world challenges. The interactive workshop was delivered by STEMBoard, with their lead program and electrical engineer, Danielle Regis, serving as an instructor.

“Creating strong actionable partnerships with talented and well-respected organizations such as INROADS and STEMBoard … is the very essence of how we intend to uplift our communities through education and awareness of opportunities to give our youth a better future,” said Kevin Walter Smith, STEM Education Chairman for the 100 BMGWDC. “Today marks the first of many more workshops and programs to come.”

“Although we are in the early stages of this partnership, we can already see the kind of impact that we can have by pooling resources for the collective benefit of all of our students. This workshop provided an opportunity for students with no experience in coding to learn new skills and for students who had some experience in coding to continue to build their skills. And the icing on the cake? The students are already asking for more,” said Adriana Spikes-Freeman, National Director for INROADS College Links.

“Our lessons bridge the gap between software and hardware,” said Aisha Bowe, STEMBoard Co-Founder & CEO. “By aligning with INROADS and 100 Black Men of D.C., we will be able to provide students with the skills they need to be successful in STEM fields.”

The workshop was hosted at National Collegiate Preparatory High School in Southeast Washington DC (Ward 8), a school that serves as the hub for the 100 Black Men of Greater Washington DC’s STEM The 100 Way Initiative. Several members of the 100 BMGWDC were in attendance to interact and engage with the students as well.

About 100 Black Men of Greater Washington DC, Inc.
The 100 Black Men of Greater Washington, DC, was formed in 1995 as an outgrowth of the Million Man March. “The 100” of Greater Washington, DC is a 501(c )(3) organization focusing on African-American youth, and aims to make a difference in the lives of young people through its signature programs of mentoring, education, economic empowerment, health & wellness, and leadership development.

About STEM The 100 Way:
The aim of STEM The 100 Way Initiative is designed to create hands on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) programs and activities in giving minority, female, and at-risk youth in underserved communities’ exposure to new experiences in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math to compete for academic scholarships, and help students enter into top colleges and STEM/STEAM careers in the future.

About STEMBoard
Founded by Aerospace engineer Aisha Bowe and computer engineer John Martellaro, STEMBoard is a technology solutions company that creates smart systems and software solutions for government and large-scale private sector clients. For more information, visit

Founded in 1970, INROADS develops and places talented underserved youth in business and industry, preparing them for corporate and community leadership that effects community renewal and social change and elevates economic status and quality of life. Throughout its history, INROADS has placed students in over 127,000 paid internships with over 1,000 corporate partners. Through College Links, INROADS identifies, prepares and equips high potential yet under resourced high school students for future college and career success, particularly in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) and Business fields. College Links creates opportunities for teens to nurture their talents and personal power through early intervention and support. Currently, INROADS serves nearly 1,500 interns, 90 high school students and 230 corporate clients. To learn more, visit

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