Brittany Young is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and is working to increase the number of engineers in her community through building and designing dirt bikes. "Discovering You: Engineering Your World" is produced by NBC News Learn in partnership with Chevron, the American Society for Engineering Education and the National Science Foundation.
Discovering You – Engineering Your World - Brittany Young
BRITTANY YOUNG (B360):
So the first thing that you're going to do is you have the white wires. Everybody is going to have one white wire. I'm Brittany Young. I'm the founder of B360. Being from Baltimore, that is my super power. That's my strength. Growing up, our sound of summer is a dirt bike. I was very bored in school. I couldn't relate to the material so I got into a lot of trouble every day. My parents got me a chemistry set as a 1st-grader and so I wound up being like a mad scientist. But this was the only thing that captured my attention. By the time I was in 3rd grade, I had a teacher that asked me what I liked to do. And this was my first time anybody ever asked me that in school. And I'm like, "I like science. You know, I like math. I'm really good at it." I went onto a college on a full ride. But, my second week of school, my mom passed away. So, I actually failed out of school. For me, losing my scholarship, but also failing out of college, is where I kind of re-found myself and I would say what led me to B-360 and more opportunities, because I experienced failure. B360 means "Be the revolution." We change perceptions of engineers and dirt bike riders. So that means students like me identifying that STEM is not hard, that it's attainable. You want it to be like this. So you see these two ends together? And then you twist it.
DARON (Student): Like this?
YOUNG: Good job. We work to help students learn how to build, code, design and 3D print model-sized dirt bikes. This program shows there are plenty of Brittanys out here in the world. And in Baltimore, we can show people how we took a style of riding that most people maybe don't like, some people love, like my students, and showcase how I can bring genius and brilliance and talent to a new light. We started doing pop-ups all over the city, where we actually could take over a rec center or a gym or anything. And we'll have former dirt bike riders come and lead discussions and trainings and sessions with our students.
DARON: I always wanted to be a mechanical engineer. I wanted to build my own dirt bikes. I learned how to code and do robots and stuff like that and Ms. Young just got me far.
YOUNG: Joy every day is my students and the people we work with. So, all of the smiling faces. If that means I have to break down all of the door and the barriers so that we can live a better life, I'm all for that. Because, at the end of the day, I want what's best for us. And us being my family and my extended family in Baltimore. Once we get down the barriers that engineering does not look like any direct person, more people will be like, "Okay, I can do it." Good job.
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