The Girls of Steel, FIRST Robotics Competition Team 3504, founded in 2010 at Carnegie Mellon’s Field Robotics Center, has a team mission to empower everyone, especially women and girls, to believe they are capable of success in STEM.
The principles of our team include: teamwork, communication, respect, integrity, inclusion, and safety. We teach mechanical and technical skills, programming and analytical thinking, as well as leadership, teamwork, and business skills. We also value a commitment to quality, ethical behavior, and respect for others. Through outreach we aim to educate young people in STEM using hands-on design and development of a robot.
Our team budget includes tools and equipment, robot parts, competition registration, robot and pit transportation, team uniforms, and outreach projects. These are paid for with members’ fees and fundraising requirements. Team 3504 wants every girl to know she is capable of building a robot. They also want every girl to know that financial obstacles should not be a barrier to joining the team . The proceeds of our crowdfunding project will be used to provide fee waivers for girls seeking financial assistance to cover all or part of the fees.
STEM fields need to be diverse in order to help solve many of today’s challenges. However, according to the United States Census Bureau women are in about 25% of computer science jobs and only 15% of those in engineering. The Girls of Steel gives girls the skills they need to become the future problem solvers and leaders to meet those challenges. Your contribution will help increase the diversity of our team and the STEM field of tomorrow.