August 5, 2022

Sonequa Martin-Green Partners With Snack Brand To Support Young Girls In STEM

American actress Sonequa Martin-Green has teamed up with snack brand Frito-Lay Variety Packs and STEM Next’s Million Girls Moonshot to provide young girls with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics learning opportunities. 

The partnership, which will come under the Back-to-School Blast Off program, aims to encourage the next generation of women to pursue careers in STEM. Through the initiative, families can enjoy STEM activities created by NASA scientists using everyday household items, such as designing a heat shield or building a moon lander.

“Representation matters, and sometimes, all it takes to inspire us to achieve something is to see someone we can relate to doing it first,” said Martin-Green, who plays Michael Burnham, the main character in the TV series Star Trek: Discovery.

“I’m honored for the opportunity to join Frito-Lay Variety Packs in their mission to inspire talented young girls everywhere to develop their passions for STEM and pursue their dreams.” 

Families will be encouraged to share a picture of their ‘Back-to-School Blast Off’ activity, followed by the hashtags #SpaceForHer and #Entry on Instagram and Twitter. For every photo shared, Frito-Lay Variety Packs will make a $20 donation to Million Girls Moonshot (up to a maximum of $50,000).   

The snack brand will also donate $100,000 to further the program’s mission to send the organization’s inaugural Flight Crew of aspiring space explorers to Space Camp. 

Kumba Kpakima

Kumba Kpakima is a reporter at POCIT. A documentary about the knife crime epidemic in the UK got her a nomination for the UK's #30toWatch Young Journalists of the Year.