MENDON ROBO WARRIORS HOSTS GIRL POWERED WORKSHOP AT TAFT PUBLIC LIBRARY ON INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL TO INCREASE FEMALE PARTICIPATION IN ROBOTICS

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On October 10, 2017 the Mendon Robo Warriors are proud to be hosting one of the hundred Girl Powered workshops that will take place around the world the week of Oct. 6-15, 2017, coinciding with the United Nation’s International Day of the Girl. This global initiative was created through a partnership between the Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation and VEX Robotics, who are working to redefine the face of STEM and make robotics reflective of the world we live in, and the one we want to leave behind.

The Girl Powered workshops were created to show girls how exciting it is to be involved with STEM, showcasing examples of how women are changing the world, providing tools for success, and creating a comfortable environment where all students confidence and abilities can flourish.

The Girl Powered workshop at the Taft Public Library in Mendon, MA from 4:00 pm to 6 pm  will feature a demonstration of the VEX IQ Ringmaster game, hands-on STEM activities and an opportunity to apply for a grant to start a new VEX IQ Challenge or VEX Robotics Competition team. The Mighty Minions Robotic Team and the BVT Robotics club will be on-hand to assist with this exciting workshop.

“We’re excited to support the REC Foundation and VEX Robotics by hosting a Girl Powered workshop. We fully back the intent of this initiative, which is designed to engage more young women in STEM at an early age to ensure that our robotics programs attract as many students interested in STEM as possible,” said Lisa Loo. “As a robotics coach, I see firsthand the knowledge and confidence students gain by participating in competitive robotics programs like VEX Competitions, even over the course of just one season. The Girl Powered initiative will help reach many more young women who might not have thought they would be accepted in robotics.”

So what does it mean to be Girl Powered? It means supporting your teammates to try new things and reach outside their comfort zone. Breaking down common societal barriers that exist for many girls at an early age, and working to create a more inclusive environment for all students. Being Girl Powered means finding people who you don’t see in robotics, getting them try it, and making them feel like they belong. We want to encourage new experiences, a diverse culture, and a more encompassing definition of what a roboticist looks like.

For more information about the initiative visit GirlPowered.com.

About the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation

The REC Foundation seeks to increase student interest and involvement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by engaging students in hands-on, sustainable and affordable curriculum-based robotics engineering programs across the U.S. and internationally. The REC Foundation develops partnerships with K-12 education, higher education, government, industry, and the non-profit community to achieve this work. For more information, please visit RoboticsEducation.org or for details on upcoming events, please visit RobotEvents.com.

 

About VEX Robotics

VEX Robotics is a leading global provider of educational robotics products to schools, universities and competition teams. Their scalable and affordable solutions span primary and secondary schools while encouraging teamwork, leadership and problem solving. With easily customizable projects, educators can match their students’ abilities and prepare STEM problem-solvers of tomorrow.

 

 

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