Encouraging greater participation of Native American students in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields isn’t just a matter of teaching more classes. According to local nonprofit Na’ah Illahee, the most successful lessons on engineering and coding are infused with cultural knowledge.

A new program called Native Girls Code, funded by a grant from Google and Women’s Funding Alliance, is a game development project that bridges Native culture with Western science, resulting in young Native girls inspired to create websites, online games and virtual worlds.

Native Girls Code provides assistance to 12 young Native women through free workshops, coaching, teaching and role modeling.

The work of Native Girls Code participants will be on display on Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Daybreak Indian Cultural Center (3801 W. Government Way) in Discovery Park, during the Blue Jay Brings Back the Moon: A Celebration of Native Arts & Culture community event. The festive event will bring together music, visual and media arts and a program for the community and feature a dinner of local and traditional foods.

The event starts at noon, with a free artists market, featuring traditional and contemporary Native artists. Then, a dinner of local and traditional foods will be served at 5 p.m., followed by a program.

For ticket information, visit www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2402413.

For more information, visit www.naahillahee.org.