Robotics Club Supports Girl Power

On Oct. 11, 2016, the Robotics Club held an event called "Girl Power" to encourage more girls to participate in robotics and other related fields. . Robotics Sponsor Raul Torres organized the event, and said that he was interested in hosting the event the moment he found out about it.

"It's one of the biggest girl powered event in the nation, and I applied for a grant to hold the event," Torres said. "I wanted to get young ladies interested in robotics and science in general."

It was partially funded by REC Foundation which gave grants to 50 schools nationwide. There were 25 booths held during the event all dealing with different forms of robotics, from binary programs to coding.

Over 300 girls showed up, all ranging from elementary to high school, making this a big event for all ages. There were 25 different kinds of booth ranging from Intro to Binary to Robot C Graphical Programming.

Maya Gonzalez, Ensor Middle School, grade 7

Maya Gonzalez, Ensor Middle School, grade 7

Ensor Middle School seventh-grader Maya Gonzalez was also in attendance.  Enrolled in an engineering program at her own school, she was very impressed with the different presentations.

"I really liked the police booth with the bomb-disarming robot," Gonzalez said.  "It really helped us more clearly understand what engineers do. I like that there are events like this encouraging girls to go into engineering."

Junior Victoria Padilla said that she had been very excited about the event and that to her it was all about getting more a girls into the world of robotics.

 

"To me it was all about teaching girls about engineering and the different fields they can join," Padilla said. "I was really looking forward to helping out and encouraging the younger girls."

Senior Juan Garcia said that he hopes the Robotics Club continues to grow, and that he wants them to get better with each year.

"I really want us to win state, and to get more sponsors," Juan said. "Now, more than ever, I think it's important for us to focus on getting more girl members and expanding the club as a whole."