Friday, January 18, 2019

Black-Owned EdTech Startup Launches "Wakanda Now" Campaign

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Maurice Womack, CEO of OASIS
Columbus, OH -- OASIS, a socially conscious EdTech startup that provides hands-on, video-led STEM learning for kids, announced that it is launching OASIS Live, a distribution model which leverages the "gig economy" to create social impact.  Using this new distribution strategy, OASIS hopes to accomplish its mission of delivering STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) learning to youth everywhere, especially those in underserved and underrepresented communities.

OASIS is calling this campaign "Wakanda Now," a reference to the movie Black Panther and the fictional nation of Wakanda whose advances in science, medicine, and technology have allowed its citizens to live unbothered by the outside world. OASIS CEO Maurice Womack said, "We want to realize the idea of Wakanda now by exposing more youth to STEM subjects and skills that will equip them to be the innovators of tomorrow."

Of the new business model's goal, Womack said, "It's a win-win-win. We're (OASIS) able to reach more youth, communities get access to high-quality STEM learning, and coaches get to earn money, have a flexible work schedule, and create meaningful social impact."
He added, "By helping to eradicate STEM deserts OASIS Live coaches can contribute to a mission with purpose as opposed to simply driving Uber or charging Bird scooters for extra cash."

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OASIS is very much an early-stage startup with big dreams of democratizing education by using technology and the power of the crowd. By using a tech-enabled product, they are able to lower the cost of delivering STEM classes and still provide tremendous benefit for all parties involved, especially the learners. Focused on teaching kids about emerging technologies, such as drones, artificial intelligence, and mixed reality, OASIS is confident that their curriculum is at the leading edge for youth in grades 3-8.

To date, some notable accomplishments for OASIS include:
* Lebron's I Promise School is using the labs for their youth.
* The labs are used at 14 locations since launching in September of 2018.
* Being awarded approximately $180K in grants (via partnerships with non-profits) from Battelle, Honda R&D, and AEP Ohio to design and deliver their innovative curriculum in underserved areas.

About OASIS:
OASIS provides hands-on, video-led STE(A)M labs for kids. OASIS is on a mission to eradicate STEM deserts by making quality STE(A)M learning/experiences more accessible to ALL. The goal at OASIS is to prepare children in grades K-8 for the future. The curriculum is designed to expose youth to the technologies, concepts, and ideas that will impact their lives. Learn more at

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