Posted By C. M. Rubin on Oct 9, 2019 "We added "Artificial Intelligence" to "Robotics & STEM" this year because it is an important and timely topic for young people to learn about." Prior to joining the Girls of Steel Robotics Program at Carnegie Mellon University's (CMU) Field Robotics Center, Theresa Richards was a science teacher in Pittsburgh where she created an award-winning lesson integrating robotics into a Human Anatomy and Physiology course. The problem her organization is trying to solve is the demand for more people in STEM, and in particular, women. A December 2018 report in Pittsburgh shows there are 80,000 STEM jobs currently available. "We believe that building robots builds confidence in STEM," says Richards.
"Girls of Steel Robotics (featured 2014) was founded in 2010 at Carnegie Mellon University's Field Robotics Center as FRC Team 3504. The organization now serves multiple FIRST robotics teams offering STEM opportunities for people of all ages. Since 2019, Girls of Steel also organizes FIRST Ladies, an online community for anyone involved in FIRST robotics programs who supports girls and women in STEM. Their mission statement reflects their commitment to empowering everyone for success in STEM: "Girls of Steel empowers everyone, especially women and girls, to believe they are capable of success in STEM." One is a PhD student in Robotics at CMU, two are working as engineers, and one is a computer science teacher.
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.
Girls of Steel Comic is an illustrative journey across the past seasons robotics and FIRST programs by the Girls of Steel in support of the Carnegie Mellon University and the Field Robotics Center in Pittsburgh. Girls of Steel Comic is an illustrative journey across the past seasons robotics and FIRST programs by the Girls of Steel in support of the Carnegie Mellon University and the Field Robotics Center in Pittsburgh.
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