Power Up! Championships, Detroit

Power Up! Championships, Detroit

    The Girls of Steel took a trip to Detroit, Michigan to compete in the Darwin Division at the FIRST World Championships April 25 to 28, 2018! We qualified at the Miami Valley Regional with a Wild Card and at the Greater Pittsburgh Regional where we received the Regional Chairman’s Award! The team took a bus to Detroit, loaded in and immediately began repairing and improving our robot, Clyde. In the interim after our last regional we manufactured a climber mechanism to add to Clyde. With this addition, we were able to…continue reading →
Power Up! Greater Pittsburgh Regional

Power Up! Greater Pittsburgh Regional

On March 22nd to 24th, the Girls of Steel Robotics team competed at California University of PA at the Greater Pittsburgh Regional. There were 52 teams at the regional, with teams from all over the world. There were two teams from Asia that are mentored by Girls of Steel, Savage Tumaz, FRC 6947, from Chinese Taipei and Voyager, FRC 6414, from Mainland China. We also mentored a local rookie team, the Brashear Bulls Robotics, FRC 7274, that competed at their first event and got a taste of FIRST competitions. The Girls of Steel…continue reading →
Power Up! Miami Valley Regional

Power Up! Miami Valley Regional

The Girls of Steel spent Week 1 of Power Up! competition season at the Nutter Center at Wright State University for the 2018 Miami Valley Regional! The Thursday practice matches resulted in a smoking motor and some other mechanical issues, but our pit crew was ready for the tasks and were able to get Clyde ready for Friday’s qualification matches. On Thursday night we had a pizza party and game night with two all girls teams -Murphy’s Outlaws (677) and the Fighting Unicorns (2399). We had a great time getting to know the girls on…continue reading →
2018 Build Season Week 6

2018 Build Season Week 6

Our final week of Power Up! build season was stressful and very busy, but successful. The whole team finished up last minute jobs and projects, trying to get our robot as close to perfection as we can before bag and tag. On Tuesday, February 13th, we had our weekly all hands meeting and discussed some last minute details that we need to wrap up before build season comes to an end. All the girls aim to finish up their final outreach credits before the deadline and got in some extra build season hours…continue reading →
2018 Week Zero Scrimmage at NREC

2018 Week Zero Scrimmage at NREC

2018’s Week Zero Scrimmage on February 17, 2018 was extremely exciting as each team competed in this year’s FIRST game of Power Up! The schedule of the day was the team check ins at 10:30 in which teams would bring in their robots and fill out or hand in release  forms, getting ready for the day. At 11:00, teams began to practice and test their robots for the scrimmage matches. After a lunch (46 large pizzas!) at 12:00, the Scrimmage matches began at 1:00 for a few hours of friendly competition, and the…continue reading →
2018 Build Season Week 5

2018 Build Season Week 5

We can’t believe that it is already week 5 of build season! We have accomplished so much in the past weeks and we are so excited that competition season is on the horizon. On Tuesday we had our weekly All Hands meeting where we officially announced our competition season leadership council.  This year we will have a Strategy Team, a Pit Crew and of course a Drive Team. Each girl will be on one of these subteams and all of the girls will be on the Safety and Spirit teams!!  We also announced…continue reading →
2018 Build Season Week 4

2018 Build Season Week 4

Lions, Tigers, and… Robots? Oh my! The week starting January 29th, the 4th week of build season, the Girls of Steel had a very action-packed adventure! Monday, girls came in early to get a head start on the excitement. We worked on our lift mechanism, and trained girls in the art of riveting! Just like our inspiration, Rosie, we worked on improving our chassis and riveted our wheel treads! Tuesday, right after school, we helped the Brashear Bulls robotics team, FRC 7274, the rookie team we're mentoring, and hurried back to our meeting…continue reading →
2018 Build Season Week 3

2018 Build Season Week 3

Just finished the third week of build season! Girls are tapping, riveting, designing, and testing! At Tuesday's all hands meeting, we heard about all the new outreach events for the spring and we started brainstorming names for our practice and competition robot. The official names will be coming out next week! As for the building, the Design team is working towards finishing the final CAD and assembly on the practice bot and are working on the lift for the final design. The Programming team continues to test different drive styles by driving the…continue reading →
2018 Build Season Week 2

2018 Build Season Week 2

Week 2 of Build Season is now over, and so much progress has been made by the Girls of Steel! This week we congratulated the FTC teams and FLL teams after they attended their competitions and finished their seasons!  That's a lot of cake, but they deserved it. Now more about build season! In recent news, FRC shadowing began this week. FTC members have the opportunity to shadow the Girls of Steel and see each subteam in action and see how we operate during Build Season. Thursday, January 18th, was Teadora’s turn to…continue reading →
2018 Build Season Week 1

2018 Build Season Week 1

Happy build season! The six week FRC Power Up build season has officially begun, and we are hard at work. On Saturday, January 6th, we all met at CMU to watch the 2018 game reveal. This year’s game is FIRST Power Up, inspired by retro video games.  A rookie team we are mentoring, FRC 7274, Brashear Bulls Robotics, joined us at our kickoff meeting which was held at Carnegie Mellon University.   After we learned what the challenge would be this year, we brainstormed what specific challenges we would prioritize, what skills we…continue reading →
2017-2018 Preseason Update #3

2017-2018 Preseason Update #3

The week of Dec. 12th brought us to the end of preseason 2017-2018!! The Girls of Steel team has accomplished so much these past 11 weeks. The Awards team was able to write all of their essays for the different awards. The Finance team worked on many fundraisers, such as the Sarris Candies Holiday fundraiser, and created new fundraisers, like the “We Can Do It” t-shirt fundraiser. This preseason, the Media team focused on branding through the social media accounts, making informational videos, and through these blog posts. Both Finance and Media collaborated…continue reading →
Girls of Steel FTC 9820 and 9981: Update #3

Girls of Steel FTC 9820 and 9981: Update #3

The Girls of Steel FTC (First Tech Challenge) teams have been continuing with regular all hands meetings (November 14, 28, December 5, 12, & 19)  as well as meetings added on Sunday afternoons for preparing for the Pittsburgh Area scrimmage that was on December 9, 2017 at Peters Township Middle School.  Our teams' robots are pictured below. Some of our team members have also been doing outreach with the Girls of Steel FRC team.  For example, Aditi went to the Coding Gals presentation at Mt. Lebanon High School on December 13, 2017. The 19…continue reading →
2017-2018 Preseason Update #2

2017-2018 Preseason Update #2

Preparing for build season is a monumental task for the Girls of Steel. We need to make sure that everyone, including the new girls, feels completely confident in their skills that are needed for build season to run as smoothly as possible. To make sure that everyone remembers how to be safe in the high bay and the machine shop, we require that ALL girls and mentors complete shop training with our CMU mentor, Chuck. Chuck goes over all of the machines and how to operate them as well as what protocol to…continue reading →
We traveled to Canada for 2017 SWATPosium

We traveled to Canada for 2017 SWATPosium

On November 3rd, Girls of Steel traveled to Oakville, Ontario in Canada to attend SWATposium. 2017 SWATposium, November 4th, was a one day conference hosted by SWAT (FRC team 771) where FRC and FLL teams came together, gave presentations, and learned from one another. This was Girls of Steel’s 6th year attending and presenting at the conference, and, as always, it was a great experience! Our day started with an opening speech by Dr. Elliott Coleshill. Dr. Coleshill has done a lot of work with the International Space Station, and he discussed some…continue reading →
FIRST Ladies Movie Night Meet Up

FIRST Ladies Movie Night Meet Up

On Friday, November 17th, 2017, the Girls of Steel hosted a FIRST Ladies meet-up and movie night in Pittsburgh at Carnegie Mellon University with girls from surrounding FRC and FTC teams. As an official regional FIRST Ladies partner, Girls of Steel decided to kick off the year’s events with a showing of the movie Hidden Figures (reviewed here). The movie follows three women, Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson, that work as “human computers” for NASA in the 1960’s. In the midst of the space race, the Americans experience the pressure…continue reading →
Girls of Steel FTC 9820 & 9981: Update #2

Girls of Steel FTC 9820 & 9981: Update #2

Building has officially started for both FTC teams, and we have entered a stage in the season when creativity, strategy, and expertise become vital to having a well-functioning robot.  We have currently have three weeks until our first scrimmage on Saturday, December 9th, and we are ready to work hard and build our robot, but also become inspired along the way. We first spent our fifth meeting on October 17th finishing our pushbots and experimenting with the kit we use to build our competition robot.  It was important to become familiar with the…continue reading →
2017-2018 FRC Team Structure Update

2017-2018 FRC Team Structure Update

The team structure of the Girls of Steel Robotics FRC team plays a vital role in the efficiency of reaching our goals. The goals this season area: Reach 5,000+ people through direct contact. Every girl becomes confident in championing an outreach event. Consistently maximize autonomous points scored throughout the season. Every girl sets and makes progress toward a team-related year-long goal. During the 11 weeks of preseason this year, instead of doing a technical “End of Preseason Project”, we are focusing more of our time and efforts into our business sub teams for…continue reading →
2017-2018 Preseason Update #1

2017-2018 Preseason Update #1

Last week on October 17, 2017, the Girls of Steel had the 4th all hands meeting of the preseason which began on September 26th. So far we have been getting settled, getting to know new girls, making changes from last year to better the team, and working on preparing for the upcoming build season! During the all hands slideshow on Tuesdays, we discuss the various events and opportunities coming up within the next few months, like outreach events.  This week we heard about mentoring at FLL meetings and leading chassis workshops, along with…continue reading →
Girls of Steel FTC 9820 & 9981: Update #1

Girls of Steel FTC 9820 & 9981: Update #1

Just like the rest of the girls on the FTC (FIRST Tech Challenge) teams, I am new to Girls of Steel (GoS). When I started I had no idea what to expect, but as soon as I walked into the first meeting at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) I knew I was welcome and that this was where I belonged. As members of Girls of Steel we believe that women can pursue anything that they want and be whatever they want. Girls of Steel inspires girls to go into STEM careers and believe in…continue reading →
Highlights of 2017 Summer Camps

Highlights of 2017 Summer Camps

Girls of Steel Robotics has had an action packed summer! After returning home from Washington D.C. for the FIRST NAC Conference (you can read more about our trip here), Girls of Steel began mentoring and running camps and programs across Pittsburgh. Our first camp was from July 5 to July 7 and was in partnership with Gwen’s Girls. Gwen’s Girls is an organization focused on empowering young women in Allegheny county. The Gwen's Girls campers were split into four groups and came up with creative team names, such as The Blue Jay Queens, The…continue reading →
Steel City Showdown

Steel City Showdown

On August 5th, the Girls of Steel went to the first ever FRC offseason event held in Pittsburgh - the Steel City Showdown. Even more exciting is the fact that it was held at Carnegie Mellon University right next door to our home workspace! Many of our students and mentors volunteered at the event, and it was wonderful to see so much dedication from all 15 teams - almost every team brought volunteers and this event couldn’t have happened without them. Two more teams were named team Trinity and team Matrix. They built…continue reading →
Girls of Steel in Washington D.C.

Girls of Steel in Washington D.C.

We began our eventful trip on Sunday, June 25, 2017! That day, we woke up early and started the 4-hour drive to Washington DC. As soon as we arrived in DC we registered for the National Advocacy Conference (NAC) as well as the National Coalition for Girls Schools (NCGS) conference at the very impressive Marriott Washington Wardman Park Hotel. We were taking part in NAC to speak to our representatives about providing funding for more schools to create after-school STEM programs like FIRST. That afternoon we attended conference prep sessions for NAC where…continue reading →
WOW Competition

WOW Competition

On May 27, 2017, we competed at the WOW Championship off-season event Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio.  Off Season Events are competitions run by teams outside the FRC Competitions Season. It was smaller, shorter (1 day opposed to 3), cheaper, and a bit more informal than the other official regional competitions that we participated in this season. “WOW” stands for West Virginia, Ohio, and Western Pennsylvania. 32 teams were invited based on how well they did in regionals that they had competed in. Since we ranked 31st based on our performance at the Pittsburgh and Buckeye…continue reading →
STEAMWORKS Championships

STEAMWORKS Championships

We just recently returned from St. Louis, where our team competed in the First Robotics Competition Championship! We had the honor of competing inside the giant America’s Center Dome for the last time before the Championship’s transition to Detroit next year. The competition was incredibly exciting. The championship was split into four days, the first day was occupied with required inspections and practice matches, allowing us to test our robot in a competitive setting and eliminate minor errors, such as hazardous edges or weight violations. With the exception of some bumper troubleshooting, we…continue reading →
STEAMWORKS Buckeye Regional

STEAMWORKS Buckeye Regional

Last weekend, March 29 to April 1st, the team traveled to Cleveland Ohio for the Buckeye Regional! It was a great 3 days filled with excitement! Late Wednesday evening, our load in team brought in the robot and helped set up the pit for the days ahead. On Thursday morning, the girls got to fixing the robot of for practice matches, just making sure everything's in tip top shape. Since Thursday's are practice days, not much occurred, most of the girls arrived and our safety captain had a meeting, but otherwise girls were…continue reading →