2016 Queen City Regional Competition

2016 Queen City Regional Competition

It has been a week full of recovery after one awesome regional - the week 5 Queen City Regional in Cincinnati, OH, March 30-April 2, 2016.! Thank you to the sponsors, mentors, and parents who enable us to participate and learn in the wonderful program of FIRST.  This year, our robot has truly performed amazingly and we could not be any more thrilled.  One reason for this is the incredible schedule we were able to keep during the build period.  The drive team was able to practice with a working robot on a…continue reading →
2016 Greater Pittsburgh Regional Competition

2016 Greater Pittsburgh Regional Competition

We recently took our 2016 robot, Byte, to the Greater Pittsburgh Regional Competition at California University of Pennsylvania, March 10-12, 2016 to compete in the FIRST Stronghold Challenge!   It was a great experience that was fun and educational at the same time. New girls and returning girls alike were able to discover the fun of seeing Byte in action after 6 weeks of building. Our team makes sure that all of the girls are given the opportunity to work in the pit and scout. It is made sure that there is a…continue reading →
SWE “Speed Networking” Event

SWE “Speed Networking” Event

On Tuesday, March 1st, we kicked off competition season in an exciting way - a meeting with SWE- Society of Women Engineers from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU).  SWE visited us at CMU to talk with GoS and offer advice and counsel about being women in STEM. We met in small groups with several CMU students from a wide variety of engineering fields.  After about five minutes, the  CMU students switched to a new group. That way they were able to meet with all of us. Here are some quotes from Girls of Steel…continue reading →
The Rookie Season for FTC team 9820

The Rookie Season for FTC team 9820

This rookie FTC season was one with many different challenges and learning opportunities. We learned about the different obstacles of being a FIRST team and learned how to overcome them as an individual and as a team. Mentoring FTC was new for all the Girls of Steel students and mentors, but we got a lot of help along the way, especially from Bhargavi and Austin. Most of the 16 girls started out in October with no knowledge of programming, designing, or building a robot. Therefore, the season started with learning the basics. We…continue reading →
2016 Build Season: Week 6

2016 Build Season: Week 6

On Tuesday, February 16th, we had our junior members shadow some of our older high school members around for the night as girls worked on the two robots, Byte and Bug. “Shadowing a girl has significantly developed me as a FIRST participant and this experience will further me in the coming years,” said junior member, Kavya.  Now that the FTC season has ended, the junior members will be shadowing every Tuesday. On Wednesday night our drive team met at the practice field for their regular meeting and a group of Cub Scouts from…continue reading →
2016 Build Season: Week 5

2016 Build Season: Week 5

During the 5th week of build season, we made a lot of progress on our robot, Byte.  Now, we are just doing everything we can to prepare for Bag & Tag on Tuesday, February 23rd. Thankfully, we are on schedule! In preparation for the Week Zero Scrimmage on February 20th, we have been working very hard on making reversible bumpers, a feature we have never attempted before. The electronics team has constructed a board out of polycarbonate for the second robot, and have begun to mount and assemble pieces onto it. Also in…continue reading →
2016 Build Season:Week Four

2016 Build Season:Week Four

For the first time in Girls of Steel’s history we are still on schedule at week four! Our drive team is going to be able to practice before bag and tag and they could not be any happier.  Speaking of drive team practicing, they will be doing so at our team’s practice field. The practice field is an open space and other FRC teams are invited to come test their robots! Thank you to all of the mentors and parents who have worked to create such a wonderful replica of the 2016 field…continue reading →
2016 Build Season:Week Three

2016 Build Season:Week Three

Time flies when you are incredibly busy!  It is week three and we are halfway through build season, can you believe it? We can’t either, there is still a lot of work left to be done but we are making headway! This week we had a huge success and were able to see our robot performing in real time. We are thrilled to say that we are meeting our week 3 goals and mostly on schedule other than a few hiccups. This week we picked drive team roles. Also, we came up with…continue reading →
2016 Build Season:Week Two

2016 Build Season:Week Two

Our second week of build season was very eventful and lot of progress was made. The programming girls got a lot of work done; they managed to finish coding all the subsystems. They also started autonomous and coding for the automated capabilities of the buttons to make it easier for the drive team to control the robot. That’s was Girls of Steel is all about! Working as a team and trying to help out the other subteams, and making this process as simple as possible for others. The girls from electronics finished the electronics boards just for testing the…continue reading →
2016 Build Season:Week One

2016 Build Season:Week One

Our first week of build season, beginning with kickoff on January 9th, was action packed and full of fun!  This year our  student leaders and mentors did a great job of keeping everything simple and on track.  By the beginning of our Monday meeting on January 11th, our design concept was decided and we began prototyping!  There was a flurry of excitement from everyone as we gathered to discuss what our plan was as decided on Sunday, January 10th when the student leaders and seniors met to review the ideas collected at the…continue reading →
January 9th: FRC Kickoff and FLL Championship Competition

January 9th: FRC Kickoff and FLL Championship Competition

We had one exciting and busy Saturday! Many of you may already know this but January 9th was the FRC game reveal.   Our team, as well as thousands of other FRC teams, found out the task that the robots must complete for the 2016 challenge Stronghold.  The Girls of Steel attended our regional kickoff event hosted by the A. W. Beattie Career School and FRC team 2051, Beattie Bulldogs.  The day started early with some guest speakers and yummy snacks.   We were happy to see one of our newest sponsors, Comcast, there graciously…continue reading →
2015-2016 Preseason Meeting #11 plus

2015-2016 Preseason Meeting #11 plus

Our final week of preseason started on December 15th and was packed with excitement! The start of our 2015/2016 season has flown by. The Tuesday meeting began with our last preseason all hands meeting!  Sarris candies were also delivered on the 15th. All hands slides are available here.  The video update about the meeting is available here. This week we also played another triad game. The junior members then split off from the rest of the team to work on their FTC robot, Dori. Check out this American Girl video featuring the junior…continue reading →
2015-2016 Preseason meeting #10

2015-2016 Preseason meeting #10

We went over the usual topics in our second to the last all hands meeting of the preseason on December 8th.  There are many important dates coming up.  We have two mandatory meetings--on December 13th at 12:00-4:30 is the SHARP FRC Community Day event at Sarah Heinz House, and on December 18th at 5-8:30 is the EOPP Extra Build Day.  For the EOPP day, you must have your WWTG release forms in which can be found as an attachment with the weekly update email.  For the mandatory meetings, you MUST RVSP yes or…continue reading →
2015-2016 Preseason Meeting #9

2015-2016 Preseason Meeting #9

Tuesday, December 1st, we met and held our weekly preseason meeting- #9.  First, we went over the basics, such as, the 5 components of GoS principles: integrity, teamwork, safety, communication, and respect.  Our hybrid animal of inspiration this week is the pengwolf...a mix of a penguin and a wolf.  This is our animal model of the week because both penguins and wolves move and live in groups--emphasizing the importance of teamwork in GoS.  During the meeting, we talked about many important topics.  Mentioned, was the price of the Rosie t-shirts ($15) which are…continue reading →
2015-2016 Preseason Meeting #8

2015-2016 Preseason Meeting #8

In the November 24th meeting, the 8th of 11 preseason meetings, we started off talking about upcoming events. First, we discussed the weekly topics, such as qualities necessary to be a part of the GoS Robotics Team, based on the Girls of Steel Principles. We also talked about needing to submit a photo of ourselves for our CMU ID. The new due date for Sarris Candy orders is now Tuesday, December 1st. Also in the meeting, we discussed the cost of the GoS "Thursday" t-shirts ($15) and the team shirts which are free…continue reading →
2015-2016 Preseason Meeting #7

2015-2016 Preseason Meeting #7

Tuesday, November 17th, we had another weekly preseason meeting (#7).  First, we had the all hands meeting where we discussed the daily topics--such as the necessary traits to have while on the Girls of Steel team, signing up to receive our Girls of Steel CMU IDs, and what to do to sign up to attend an outreach event (i.e FLL). Next, we met up with our triads and tried a new game!  This game was similar to headbands--we were each given a post-it note to put on our head, with a celebrity name…continue reading →
2015-2016 Preseason Meeting #6

2015-2016 Preseason Meeting #6

Our meeting on November 10th was full of excitement and learning.  The meeting got started with a presentation from our technical leader, outlining important team information and events. Then we talked about the team culture of Girls of Steel with our mentor George focusing on being inclusive to all team members. Following our talk with George the junior members split off to get to work on their FTC robots while we announced the game for this year's End of Preseason Project (EOPP). The EOPP is a mock competition made up by some of…continue reading →
2015-2016 Preseason Meeting #5

2015-2016 Preseason Meeting #5

November 3rd was our 5th meeting and it was super exciting! This week the turtle-elephant was added to our “zoo” to represent not having to carry a large burden alone and not feeling so stressed. Many girls are enjoying this portion of the all hands meeting because it shows universal ideas that everyone learns from! After some fun during triad fun time, the 8th graders and the high schoolers separated for business then technical teams. The eighth graders made serious advancements during this last meeting! They added arms and claws to their recently…continue reading →
2015-2016 Preseason Meeting #4

2015-2016 Preseason Meeting #4

The 4th GoS preseason meeting was held on October 27th. The weekly meeting consisted of talks about many upcoming events, which are very important to the team.  Then the team split up into their business groups, for about an hour, after doing another weekly “triad fun time” activity.  This week’s triad activity was called “I Went to the Market…” - a simple memory game.  After the game, the high school members went to their designated room to meet with their business team, where they continued their duties to further their process in making…continue reading →
2015-2016 Preseason Meeting #3

2015-2016 Preseason Meeting #3

On Tuesday, October 20th, Girls of Steel (GoS) held their 3rd weekly preseason meeting at Carnegie Mellon University.  First, we went through the all hands presentation with the important announcements, dates, and upcoming events.  After a detailed discussion about the nearing events, the team broke up into triads, or groups of three or four junior, new, and returning girls, to talk and play a game.  Gigi, a returning girl in GoS, came up with a game to help introduce the girls to other girls they had never met before, in order to make…continue reading →
2015-2016 Preseason Meeting #2

2015-2016 Preseason Meeting #2

October 13th was our second official preseason meeting. To kick off the meeting we started with our all hands meeting followed by some fun triad time.  The whole team divided by grade level to play the human knot and see who could untangle the fastest, the seniors won by a landslide! The eighth graders split off and began to explore their FTC kits, and by the end of the meeting they had most of the chassis built and were able to name all of the parts in the kit!  While our eighth graders…continue reading →
2015-2016 Preseason Meeting #1

2015-2016 Preseason Meeting #1

On Tuesday, October 6, we kicked off our 2015-2016 year. It was the first time we had all of this years girls together. In total our team will include 66 girls from 31 area schools. Our team's  junior member program has 17 eighth grade girls. With this program the girls will be meeting once a week to explore the FIRST tech challenge (FTC) robotics platform. On the FIRST robotics competition (FRC) side there will be 49 girls competing. Our meeting began with an informational session for the entire team. After, we broke off into triads (groups of returning girls,…continue reading →
2015 Summer Camps Summary!

2015 Summer Camps Summary!

Wow! Girls of Steel had an incredibly busy and productive summer designing, leading and mentoring four of our very own camps! We kicked off the summer with the Girls of Steel NCWIT Aspire IT       Summer Camp “Programming Your Future with Robotics!” at Carnegie Mellon University on June 15-19. The purpose of the camp was to encourage more girls to see themselves doing computing and robotics in the future. We had 18 girls in grades 6 to 8 with mentors Sophia, Sylvia, Sonia, Alexa, and Corinne. The students had a lot of…continue reading →
Girls of Steel Outreach!

Girls of Steel Outreach!

Hi everyone! Well, it’s official! The FRC season is over. Where did the time go? It seems like we had our first preseason meeting a few weeks ago!! We had an exciting and eventful season, what with changing and improving Ada between all our competitions, winning Chairman’s, going to Champs, winning awards, and meeting so many new people! We’re sad to see it end, but there’s always next year to look forward to. And in the meantime we’ve got lots and lots of outreach to do! Outreach is the way Girls of Steel…continue reading →
Pipeline Presentation & Championships 2015

Pipeline Presentation & Championships 2015

The last week and a half has really flown by!! We had a great time at champs (won two awards!! :)) and are celebrating, but sad to bring the season to a close. One of the most important parts of champs for me, the Media Lead of the team, was the presentation we gave on 'Building a Pipeline for Girls in FRC & STEM'  at the championship conferences.  At this presentation, we shared our story about creating a pipeline, and gave inspiration to other FRC and FTC teams to create their own! Thanks…continue reading →