Recently AMC partnered with the AD Council to run a campaign highlighting how The Walking Dead universe utilizes STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) to create behind-the-scenes elements in the apocalyptic world. Now former Walking Dead and Star Trek: Discovery actress Sonequa Martin-Green is partnering with Frito-Lay to continue her support for girls in STEM, just as her hero Nichelle Nichols, who died this week, has done.
The campaign is called She Can Stem and highlights work by actor and director Aisha Tyler, Costume designer Vera Chow and Art Director Jasmine Garnet, who all work in TWDU, in a series of PSA videos to show how STEM can be used in other non-traditional areas not generally associated with the use of science, technology, engineering and math.
The Blast Off back-to-school program includes many interactive activities that can be downloaded via the QR code on specially marked Frito Lay variety pack snacks. You can download and explore, share your photos via social media with the hashtag #SpaceForHer and unlock an additional $20 donation to Million Girls Moonshot.
Million Girls Moonshot is an organization that strives to redefine who can engineer, build and make. They aim to engage one million girls with STEM learning opportunities over the next five years with afterschool programs. The program will inspire girls to seek out STEM opportunities and all young people, especially those who are underserved and underrepresented.
Sonequa Martin-Green honors Nichelle Nichols
Nichelle Nichols was one of the first Black actresses to star in a TV series and paved the way for those who would follow in her footsteps. She died this week at the age of 89. Martin-Green had a deep connection with the woman who would pave her way not only as a Black actress but as an advocate for females in STEM.
Martin-Green continues to carry on what Nichols started by also paving the way in the Star Trek franchise by being the first Black female Captain in the Star Trek franchise and with her work in the STEM programs for girls.