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Danielle Boyer is a 21-year-old Indigenous (Ojibwe) and Queer robotics inventor and advocate for youth who has been teaching kids since she was ten. Driven by her families own inability to afford science and technology education, she is passionate about making education accessible and representative for her community so that no child is left behind. Danielle creates equitable and innovative learning solutions for Indigenous youths with robots that she designs, manufactures, and gives away for free. In 2019 at age eighteen, she created The STEAM Connection, a minority and youth-led charity that has reached hundreds of thousands of children worldwide with technical education with an emphasis on language revitalization. The STEAM Connection focuses on the future: ushering in a new age of education via personal and wearable robotics, artificial intelligence, and augmented reality. Informed by the past and present, The STEAM Connection utilizes traditional knowledge to uplift and protect Indigenous communities with an emphasis on language. Her goal is not necessarily to get youth into STEM careers but rather to equip them with the skills to solve the problems that they see in their communities now. This must be done with technology the kids can relate to... and she's creating it.

 

“An antiracist future is a decolonized future, and this means addressing our power dynamics, we talked about representation, that’s awesome, but it’s very hard to gain footing when it’s representation in someone else's system and they have power there. We need to lead our own solutions for our own communities, and this looks like different things for all of us.” 

-Danielle Boyer for the MIT Solve Antiracist and Indigenous Futures Summit

Her flagship invention is Every Kid Gets a Robot (EKGAR), an innovative educational robotics kit that costs less than $20 dollars to make and is sent to youth for free, increasing their technical competency and understanding with a culturally competent curriculum. Her most recent invention is the SkoBot, created alongside her mentors. It is a personalized, wearable, and interactive Indigenous language revitalization robot that senses motion and speaks. The students build the robots themselves. Built to take tech learning out of the classroom, the robots were made to supplement community language learning for free. It has been a success in enabling youth to bring the robots home to learn with their families and in creating learning tools they resonate with.

Creating the first cultural robots.

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8,000+

Free EKGAR robots sent

400k+

Youths reached with our representative educational resources

25k+

Users making robots on our Make-A-Robot Platform

100%

Designed by youth for youth for free

2022 at The STEAM Connection.

Lakota Body Care

Lakota Body Care

Augmented Reality SkoBots

Augmented Reality SkoBots

Augmented Reality SkoBots

Augmented Reality SkoBots

Colombia Junior High - Native American Club

Colombia Junior High - Native American Club

Augmented reality SkoBot

Colombia Junior High - Native American Club

Colombia Junior High - Native American Club

Colombia Junior High - Native American Club

Colombia Junior High - Native American Club

Wa-He-Lute Indian School

Wa-He-Lute Indian School

Wa-He-Lute Indian School

Wa-He-Lute Indian School

Lucid Skies Teaching at Wa-He-Lute Indian School

Lucid Skies Teaching at Wa-He-Lute Indian School

SkoBots Drawing

SkoBots Drawing

Wa-He-Lute Indian School

Wa-He-Lute Indian School

Wa-He-Lute Indian School

Wa-He-Lute Indian School

Wa-He-Lute Indian School

Wa-He-Lute Indian School

River Ridge High School

River Ridge High School

3D Printing Nerd - EKGAR Robots

3D Printing Nerd - EKGAR Robots

3D Printing Nerd

3D Printing Nerd

Anahuacalmecac International Baccalaureate World School

Anahuacalmecac International Baccalaureate World School

Anahuacalmecac International Baccalaureate World School

Anahuacalmecac International Baccalaureate World School

Anahuacalmecac International Baccalaureate World School

Anahuacalmecac International Baccalaureate World School

Anahuacalmecac International Baccalaureate World School

Anahuacalmecac International Baccalaureate World School

Anahuacalmecac International Baccalaureate World School

Anahuacalmecac International Baccalaureate World School

Anahuacalmecac International Baccalaureate World School

Anahuacalmecac International Baccalaureate World School

Anahuacalmecac International Baccalaureate World School

Anahuacalmecac International Baccalaureate World School

Anahuacalmecac International Baccalaureate World School

Anahuacalmecac International Baccalaureate World School

Anahuacalmecac International Baccalaureate World School

Anahuacalmecac International Baccalaureate World School

Anahuacalmecac International Baccalaureate World School

Anahuacalmecac International Baccalaureate World School

Anahuacalmecac International Baccalaureate World School

Anahuacalmecac International Baccalaureate World School

Anahuacalmecac International Baccalaureate World School

Anahuacalmecac International Baccalaureate World School

Prepping Robots for Teaching

Prepping Robots for Teaching

Danielle Boyer and Joel Telling (3D Printing Nerd)

Danielle Boyer and Joel Telling (3D Printing Nerd)

SiliCon

SiliCon

SiliCon with Varun Sridhar (Director)

SiliCon with Varun Sridhar (Director)

Speaking for CS Girls by Harvard

Speaking for CS Girls by Harvard

Anahuacalmecac International Baccalaureate World School

Anahuacalmecac International Baccalaureate World School

Anahuacalmecac International Baccalaureate World School

Anahuacalmecac International Baccalaureate World School

Anahuacalmecac International Baccalaureate World School

Anahuacalmecac International Baccalaureate World School

Anahuacalmecac International Baccalaureate World School

Anahuacalmecac International Baccalaureate World School

Packing Robot Parts

Packing Robot Parts

Born This Way Foundation

Born This Way Foundation

Born This Way Foundation

Born This Way Foundation

Born This Way Foundation Advisors

Born This Way Foundation Advisors

Born This Way Foundation

Born This Way Foundation

Verizon

Verizon

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American Indian Services

American Indian Services

University of California Riverside

University of California Riverside

4 Voices Project - Jazmine Wildcat, Danielle Boyer (1)

4 Voices Project - Jazmine Wildcat, Danielle Boyer (1)

Jazmine Wildcat and Danielle Boyer at the MTV Youth Action Forum at the White House announcing their collaborative work The 4 Voices Project

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Danielle Boyer (founder) was invited to the White House to present at the MTV Youth Action Forum

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Danielle Boyer (founder) was invited to the White House to present at the MTV Youth Action Forum alongside mentor Tommy Ghost Dog Jr. and Jazmine Wildcat

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Danielle Boyer (founder) was invited to the White House to present at the MTV Youth Action Forum alongside team members Beyonce Utley and Jazmine Wildcat

Presenting at MIT

Presenting at MIT

Danielle Boyer (founder) presenting at MIT on education.

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Danielle Boyer (founder) at MIT SOLVE as an MIT SOLVE Indigenous Communities Fellow alongside Michael Running Wolf and Aaron Slater

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mit-solve

Attending SOLVE at MIT.

United Auburn Indian School

United Auburn Indian School

Having fun attacking Every Kid Gets a Robot at the United Auburn Tribal School.

United Auburn Indian School

United Auburn Indian School

Visiting the United Auburn Tribal School.

United Auburn Indian School

United Auburn Indian School

Building robots at the United Auburn Tribal School.

United Auburn Indian School

United Auburn Indian School

Building robots at the United Auburn Tribal School.

Pechanga

Pechanga

Driving around Every Kid Gets a Robot with AISES on the Pechanga Reservation.

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Pechanga

Wearing SkoBots at the Pechanga Casino for the American Indian Science and Engineering Society Leadership Summit.

Resin SkoBot

Resin SkoBot

Clear resin SkoBot

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Pechanga

Listening to SkoBots speak with AISES on the Pechanga Reservation.

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Trying on a SkoBot at AISES on the Pechanga Reservation.

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Building Every Kid Gets a Robot with AISES on the Pechanga Reservation.

Packing EKGAR Kits

Packing EKGAR Kits

UCLA AISES

UCLA AISES

UCLA AISES unpack EKGAR

UCLA AISES

UCLA AISES

UCLA AISES unpacks EKGAR and their SkoBot

Filming with our Founder

Filming with our Founder

Packing EKGAR Kits

Packing EKGAR Kits

Packing EKGAR Kits

Packing EKGAR Kits

SkoBot

SkoBot

SkoBot for UCLA AISES

Packing EKGAR Kits

Packing EKGAR Kits

Packing EKGAR Kits

Packing EKGAR Kits

Indigenous Books

Indigenous Books

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