Girls World

In March 2017, the ladies of Team 3303, Metallic Thunder attended the Girls’ World Expo in downtown Fresno. We were able to speak with almost 1000 young women about the exciting and challenging things we learn through FIRST robotics and the possibilities for women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). The young women were from all walks of life and age groups. All with a unique set of interests. Each one discovered something about FIRST Robotics that intrigued them, from the building and programming of the robot, the to the business department and public relations. We took our practice robot to demonstrate for the girls at the Expo. It was exciting to see the wonder and amazement in their eyes as they watched the robot. I specifically remember one young lady that stood by the robot studying the electronics and wiring. I could see the wheels turning in her mind; I remember thinking to myself “This is why we are here.” I know she was inspired that day and I hope she goes on to discover great things in STEM!
We were joined by 2 other local FIRST Robotics Competition teams, Buchanan Bird Brains Team 1671 from Buchanan High School and Uni-rex Team 5817 from Sanger High. For the young ladies on our team, it was exciting to meet young women on other F.R.C. teams and to talk about this passion we share. We were also joined be one FIRST LEGO League team, Team P.O.P.  Team P.O.P. is an all-girls team, ages ranging from 9 to 14. It was a pleasure to meet them and to hear their enthusiasm as they explained their F.L.L. challenge for the year to us and how they had qualified for World Championships ( At World Championships, we had the opportunity to go over to Team P.O.P.’s pit to see them again and wish them luck.) It was an honor to represent FIRST and Central Valley Robotics at this event alongside Uni-rex, The Bird Brains and Team P.O.P. It is satisfying to know that we had the opportunity to help change the culture of STEM Education for girls, and had a lot of fun doing it.