YWCA Princeton All-girls Robotics Team being formed

Posted on August 17, 2015

YWCA Princeton is proud to introduce a new program that exposes young girls to science and technology in a fun environment through FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) Robotics. This exciting new opportunity is offered as a part of an initiative hosted by Princeton University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. Girls who are interested can join one of two YWCA Princeton Robotics Teams and compete in the upcoming FLL season.

About FLL

FIRST® LEGO® League encourages kids to celebrate research, science, and discovery in a fun and supportive team-like environment. In addition to creating robots using LEGO® Mindstorms®, each year FLL releases a new challenge based on current scientific issues. Participating teams can learn more about the science behind the challenge theme and use their creativity to design a solution (or modify an existing solution) to solve a real-world problem. This year, the challenge theme is called “TRASH TREK”. A preview of the theme is available on YouTube at http://tinyurl.com/le49pjz. While FLL teams work on the Robot Game and the Project each year, they are guided by the FLL Core Values, which encourages participating children to respect their teammates, coaches, and their “competitors”, all while learning and having fun.

About YWCA Princeton Robotics Program

Dr. Cheryl Rowe-Rendleman, consultant, YWCA Princeton Tribute to Women Honoree, Board member and Princeton Grad, is spearheading this initative. “My expectation for the program is to create a positive exposure to young, potential scientists by showing them a path to an interesting range of careers. I want these girls to know that a career path in science should not be arduous but should be fun!” explains Dr. Rowe-Rendleman, a scientist herself who has mentored numerous young girls over the years. “Programs such as FIRST® LEGO® League Robotics provide an understanding of how things work, develop problem-solving skills and promote hands-on learning, and more importantly makes it possible for kids to love science,” adds Dr. Rowe-Rendleman.

“Women make up 47 percent of the overall workforce and constitute only about 27 percent of the science and engineering workforce. Fewer than 1 in 10 employed scientists and engineers are minority women,” explains Judy Hutton, CEO of YWCA Princeton. “As part of our mission to empower women, we strongly believe the time has come to encourage young women and girls to pursue interests and careers in STEM,” adds Ms.Hutton.

Information Session Schedule
Dates & Times: Saturdays, August 15 & 22, 11am-1pm Mondays, August 17 & 24, 6pm-8pm
Location: Friend Center Convocation Room, Princeton University
Cost: Free and open to all
More Info: robotics@ywcaprinceton.org

Interested families with girls ages 9-14 are invited to attend an Information Session in August. At these sessions, families and girls will get a chance to understand the program, ask questions and learn more about Robotics in general and about being a part of the FLL teams. Interested adults can become a coach, or participate as a mentor to the YWCA Princeton Robotics teams.

On Sunday, September 13, 9am-4pm, a Robotics Demo Day is scheduled at the YWCA Princeton’s “W Center”. Local and national champions from New Jersey will perform robotics demonstrations, provide workshops, scrimmages, and share best practices for projects in the 2015 robotics season. To learn more, please contact YWCA Princeton at robotics@ywcaprinceton.org.

Source: Princeton YWCA

Date: 6/1/15, updated 8/15/16