Girls of Steel Robotics: K-12 Outreach
We are celebrating our 10th year at Carnegie Mellon's Field Robotics Center!
The Girls of Steel, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics Competition Team (FRC) 3504, was founded in 2010 at Carnegie Mellon’s Field Robotics Center. The Girls of Steel has a team mission to empower everyone, especially women and girls, to believe they are capable of success in STEM. We are now a year-round robotics and STEM program. Today, 50 girls in grades 9-12 participate in our FRC team where we design and construct 120 lb. robots for competition. We also have 17 8th and 9th grade girls who work on a 20 lb. robot. Furthermore, we are teaching assistants for grades K-8 in smaller-scale robotics projects and competitions.
The principles of our team include: teamwork, communication, respect, integrity, inclusion, and safety. We teach mechanical and technical skills, programming and analytical thinking, leadership, teamwork, and business skills along with the value of a commitment to quality, ethical behavior, and respect for others. We work to achieve these ends by being open to the exchange of ideas, where discovery, creativity, and student growth and professionalism can flourish. We aim to educate young women in STEM by hands-on design and development of a robot. Additionally, we work towards bringing these principles back to our local communities through service projects, workshops, demonstrations, and other opportunities.
Our team hopes to raise $10,000 to cover travel expenses, such as hotel and bus costs, to attend a regional competition in Ohio in 2020. Each year, at the competition, we showcase the robot that we built in six weeks as well as network with other teams to share ideas and experiences. We learn how to compete while working together towards a common goal of building the best robot we can. While building our robot, we learn technical skills, such as designing, programming, wiring, and prototyping. We also develop valuable skills, such as, teamwork, time-management, and leadership that give girls real-world experiences.
Your contribution eases the financial burden of team members when traveling to a competition. Competitions give us a chance to become even closer to the girls around us. The regional competition gives us a reward for all of our hard work and late nights working on our robot and allows us to see what we have made in action. It gives us purpose to what we do. Overall, your contribution allows us to continue and spread our mission of empowering everyone, especially women and girls, to believe they are capable of success in STEM.