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Denise Smith-Archer




Denise Smith-Archer is an engineer, educator, and artist. She has combined her expertise in engineering with her passion for education and art to be an advocate for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) education as a tool for community building. Denise earned her Ph.D. in civil engineering in 2016 and has worked as a transportation engineer, researcher, planner, and professor. With regard to education, Denise has taught elementary through graduate school. She currently teaches 7th and 8th grade math, works part-time as a transportation consultant, and volunteers with several STEM-related organizations in the Washington, D.C. area.




Black Gems in STEM is an academic success workbook that showcases 10 Black people in STEM fields. The purpose of the workbook is to foster the cultivation of future leaders in STEM by: 1) strengthening the students’ core fundamentals of education (reading, writing, and arithmetic) and 2) featuring Black people in STEM who can serve as role models for our children. Each section, one for each Black Gem in STEM, consists of: a biographical passage; reading comprehension questions; writing problems; mathematics problems; and two activities. In addition to strengthening reading, writing, and math skills, this workbook engages students with questions similar in structure to those found on the SAT. This provides students with early exposure to the essence of the exam without diminishing the learning process by “teaching to the test”.

Target audience: 8-11 ages
110 pages
Published February 2018 



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