On October 3rd, 14 FRC teams competed in the first annual Robotics All-Girls Event at Perry Meridian High School, hosted by
FRC 234 - CyberBlue with support from Rolls-Royce. The goal of the Indy RAGE event, was to encourage girls on robotics teams to take a more active role in the leadership of their teams. The drive teams, including the drive coach, had to be female and the pit crews were encouraged to be all-female as well.
It was exciting to see the Indy Star newspaper write up an article covering the event: “At this robotics event, girls took control”
Over lunch, the females at the event were able to participate in an all-women panel of STEM professionals, which gave the students an opportunity to ask questions about role-models, professionalism, working in male-dominated STEM fields, and creating a balanced life.
Students enjoyed asking questions hearing from the panelists!
Advice from the panel included, “Don’t give up, fight for what you want!”
The event also encouraged an increase in female volunteers. Majority of the volunteers were female, and there were “hosts” that acted as judges and spent about 30-40 minutes with each team learning more about the team, and talking with the hosts about their professional careers.
FRC 3940 students prepare for a match!
FRC 5188 did a fantastic job at RAGE!
The Huntington County Robotics students were very competitive on the field!
After qualifications, the top 7 ranked teams pulled their alliance partner’s name from a hat, in order to form two team alliances.
The alliances included:
1 2826 - 461
2 5188 - 234
3 1024 - 829
4 4103 - 3940
5 1501 - 2781
6 3494 - 1529
7 4926 - 1720
In the final rounds Alliance 1 (2826-461) competed against Alliance 2 (5188-234), the first seeded alliance lost the first match, but won the second and broke the tie! Congratulations to FRC 2826 and 461 on winning the event.
The award winners are as follows:
FRC 2826 - #1 Ranked
FRC 1024 - Awesome Technical Description
FRC 829 - Best Use of Controls
FRC 5188 - Best Team Dynamics
FRC 3940 - Girl Power (Team Spirit)
FRC 2826 - Judges Awesome Award
FRC 2826 - Mentor Award
To see more pictures from the event visit the IndianaFIRST Facebook Page!
Special thanks to Rolls-Royce for sponsoring such a great event and to FRC team 234 and Perry Meridian High School for hosting the event. Thanks to AndyMark for all their transportation and field support!
October 8th - Second District Event Registration Opens
October 17th - CAGE Match
October 24th - IndianaFIRST Forums to register for this event or see the schedule visit Indiana FIRST forums
October 31st - Battle of the Bluegrass
For information on programs visit US FIRST website