2017 Girls World Expo

In March 2017, Team 3303 members Morgan McRee, Kayley Griffin, and Abigail Callis attended the Girls’ World Expo in downtown Fresno. They 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 talked to had unique sets of interests, and were from all walks of life and age groups. Each one discovered something about FIRST Robotics that intrigued them, whether it be the building and programming of the robot or the business and public relations side.

The three 3303 students also took the practice robot to demonstrate for the girls at the Expo, which sparked wonder and amazement in the eyes of those who watched it. One of the 3303 girls specifically remembers thinking “this is why we are here” upon seeing one young lady intently studying the robot and its electronics and wiring. Our student knew that girl was inspired that day and hopes she goes on to discover great things in STEM!

Team 3303’s members were joined by two other local FIRST Robotics Competition teams, Buchanan Bird Brains Team 1671 from Buchanan High School and Uni-rex Team 5817 from Sanger High. 3303 was also joined be a FIRST LEGO League team, Team P.O.P. Team P.O.P. is an all-girls team with 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 (we actually had the opportunity to wish them luck at World Championships when we qualified at the Los Angeles Regional).

It was fun and more importantly, 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 also extremely satisfying to know that we had the opportunity to help change the culture of STEM Education for girls.