The robotics competition aims to guide girls into careers in STEM fields

The robotics competition aims to guide girls into careers in STEM fields

Wyoming, Michigan (Wood) – The Robotics competition encourages girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The teams spent Saturday competing at Wyoming High School in the Grand Rapids Girls Robotics competition.

Abby Strait was a team captain and said she learned a lot through the program about robotics design and potential careers.

“This is a great opportunity, especially later in life,” Strait said.

Another team leader, Sarah Chapin, said the program combines friendly competition with learning new skills.

“Instead of hating your enemy, you become friends with them and you talk to them and have fun. You work with them and you learn from each other and then you take those skills and put them into the engineering field,” Chapin said.

Four scholarships of $750 are offered as an additional bonus to participants. The girls-focused competition began in 2016, according to event organizer Wendy Ljungren.

“I, along with many of the other women at GE Aviation, have been looking for a way to encourage girls in STEM and have all been involved in FIRST Robotics and have heard that there are teams elsewhere in the country that are hosting competitions for girls like a way to make them think, ‘Hey, I can do this,'” Ljungren said.

Event organizers say a girls’ event provides encouragement and additional opportunities where girls can be in control and lead the team.

“You are in great shape for college with your first robotics program where you will learn skills that will make your first year so much easier especially if you are going into STEM, which the country really needs in STEM fields,” Ljungren said. .

For more information about the program, you can visit competition site.

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