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 →
STEAMWORKS Greater Pittsburgh Regional

STEAMWORKS Greater Pittsburgh Regional

The Girls of Steel traveled to California University of Pennsylvania March 16-18, 2017 for our first regional, The Greater Pittsburgh Regional, with the fabulous MO! We did phenomenally, with awards won and matches dominated, so all in all it was a great weekend for everyone on the team. Thursday, the first day of competition, held some downtime and practice matches for our drive team and robot to warm up. Lots of teams didn’t even show up to the practice matches, so there wasn't a point in scouting truly (but we did!). Our awards team…continue reading →
STEAMWORKS Build Season Week 6

STEAMWORKS Build Season Week 6

Week six of build season for the girls of steel is over!!! The last week of build season was very efficient and we finished with a bang! Although it was the sixth week, the girls persevered and kept working hard all the way to the end. During this week, programming worked on velocity tuning for vision, implementation for motion and the beginning of autonomous, modifying metlab reports, lights, and testing the shifting on the competition robot. Mechanical girls riveted the gear mechanism together, attached the rails to the gear mechanism, built the competition…continue reading →
STEAMWORKS Week Zero Scrimmage

STEAMWORKS Week Zero Scrimmage

On February 18, 2017, Girls of Steel hosted 12 teams at our annual Week Zero Scrimmage held in our practice field within the National Robotics Engineering Center (NREC). Teams from all over Pennsylvania brought their robots to test and compete before the six-week build season is over. Before the matches, people had a chance to meet other teams, make last minute repairs, and test on their field. Just before the pizza arrived, many of the Girls of Steel members showed up after spending their morning working on the practice bot, BO. After everyone…continue reading →
STEAMWORKS Build Season Week 5

STEAMWORKS Build Season Week 5

It is week five of build season and the Girls of Steel are still going strong! This past week, a lot of progress was made on our robots. Since there is only one week left, we are working hard to be as efficient as we can. The week started on Monday, February 6th, where the Mechanical team continued disassembling the chassis and attaching new plates, and prototyping the corner climber.  Electronics girls finished putting encoders in gearboxes and helped with mechanical tasks. Design team worked on shooter placement, gear mechanisms, adding churro to the…continue reading →
STEAMWORKS Build Season Week 4

STEAMWORKS Build Season Week 4

Week four was very efficient and a lot of progress was made by the Girls of Steel. Monday started the week off well; all the girls worked very hard. Programming worked on vision alignment and implementation, continued motion planning implementation, and tested the manipulator code. The mechanical team prototyped the fuel shooter, finished the gear ramp assembly, made chassis modifications--two standoffs were moved. Electronics girls mounted the real e-board, worked on the practice chassis, connected tubing and encoders to drive motors, attached cameras to mounting piece, added talons to test e-board, and organized practice…continue reading →
STEAMWORKS Build Season Week 3

STEAMWORKS Build Season Week 3

Week three of build season for the Girls of Steel went splendidly! A lot of work was completed, but there is much more to do. We are halfway through build season!! On the first meeting of the week, Monday, many tasks were accomplished, Electronics girls started practice electronics board and Programming started working on vision alignment and added cameras for drivers. The mechanical team attached e-boards to chassis, cut and drilled short pieces for bumpers, and continued prototyping and the design girls worked on mechanisms and the gussets in CAD. Then on Tuesday,…continue reading →
STEAMWORKS Build Season Week 2

STEAMWORKS Build Season Week 2

The second week of build season is over and a lot was completed during the four meetings that took place this week. It started off with our first meeting on Monday, where we got straight to work. The electronics team finished running the tubing for the temp e-board, and the mechanical girls worked on bumpers. In programming, the girls finished some of the autonomous programs, and the design girls determined what mechanism to use, assembled the first chassis, and laid out where they want different mechanisms on the chassis. The next meeting of…continue reading →
STEAMWORKS Build Season Week 1 & more

STEAMWORKS Build Season Week 1 & more

This past week was the first official week of build season for the Girls of Steel and we are off to a great start. Now, the high school girls are required to come to GoS for an average 10 hours a week, for the next 6 weeks. For kickoff, January 7th, the team was invited to Beattie Tech to watch the game reveal video. Upon seeing how the field has changed and the innovative game pieces, the girls got super excited! After a quick brainstorming session at Beattie, everyone reconvened at CMU for…continue reading →
Girls of Steel Mentor and Team Member Travel to China

Girls of Steel Mentor and Team Member Travel to China

On November 16th, 2016, Tom Pope (GoS mentor) and Anne Kailin “AK” Northam (GoS student) flew to Shenzhen, China for a weeklong trip to promote FRC in the area. They were accompanied by Tao Lin, a mentor of team 6414 Voyager from the Shenzhen Foreign Language School. Around half of Voyager’s students came to the GoS Feiyue summer camp held at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute in 2016 and were inspired to make their own team back home. The trip to China was partially to build relations with this team and help them…continue reading →
The World’s Most Powerful Women In Tech 2016

The World’s Most Powerful Women In Tech 2016

Here's to a great way to end 2016 - A post by Tom Fisher, founder of Invest Smarter Publishing. Technology has afforded us to make our everyday lives easier. We no longer have to wait for days to communicate with our friends and relatives who are on the other side of the world. We can go shopping for things we want without having to get up from our seats in front of our computer. All these things and more cannot be possible without the people behind these innovations in technology, particularly the women…continue reading →
2016-2017 Preseason Meeting #11

2016-2017 Preseason Meeting #11

It’s the last meeting before Kickoff! A little snow and a cold going around kept more girls from the meeting than usual so everyone that could make it picked up the slack. To start off, everyone collected their Sarris Candies fundraiser orders and then got down to business. As usual, we went through the all hands slides and discussed the GoS pitch that the outreach sub team has been working hard to perfect.   Everyone knows their responsibilities and got diligently to work. Each of the technical sub teams: programming, design, mechanical and electrical put the…continue reading →
2016-2017 Preseason Meeting #10

2016-2017 Preseason Meeting #10

Preseason meeting number ten (12/6/16) went splendidly, we have only one more mandatory meeting for all the girls after today. We cannot believe that build season is just a couple weeks away. The meeting began with the All Hands Meeting, at which we went over the All Hands Slides. We went over the agenda, schedule, and tasks that we need to accomplish today. We also talked about our pipeline. After that, we then focused on the mission statement and the team goals, as usual. We were reminded of some exciting, upcoming outreach events.…continue reading →
2016-2017 Preseason Meeting #9

2016-2017 Preseason Meeting #9

Our ninth Girls of Steel Preseason meeting (11/29/16) went well. Every girl is working hard and contributing to the team, we have three more weeks (including this week) to get everything done before build season. We began the meeting with our All Hands Meeting (all hands slideshow link), where we all convened and went over the agenda for the FTC and FRC girls. We then got our question of the week - Who can name 3 of our sponsors?- and learned about some of the many sponsors of the Girls of Steel. We also…continue reading →
2016-2017 Preseason Meeting #8

2016-2017 Preseason Meeting #8

Preseason meeting #8 (November 22nd) was great!! Only about six more weeks 'til build season and everyone is working hard! We started off with our All Hands meeting, as always, and we went over the agenda for the day, and answered a "question of the week". Then we continued breaking down the new Girls of Steel mission statement to understand what it really means. We also went over one of our team goals - to personally reach 5000 people - and learned that we have already reached 15% of our goal!!! We also…continue reading →
2016-2017 Preseason Meeting #7

2016-2017 Preseason Meeting #7

Preseason Meeting #7, November 15th, went just as great as the rest, We are gliding through pre-season smoothly, and getting closer build season! Just as always, we began with our All Hands Meeting where we went over the agenda for the day and question of the week. Then we did something different, we broke down the mission statement - Empowering women and girls to pursue STEM by exemplifying female success in robotics - and talked about who it was for and how we can accomplish it. We went over some goals and reminders…continue reading →
2016-2017 Preseason Meeting #6

2016-2017 Preseason Meeting #6

The 6th preseason meeting of Girls of Steel, November 8th, went very smoothly as always!  The girls came back with determination to get some work done!  Emotions are high for all of the Girls of Steel this meeting, as it is election day! And everyone is watching the polls closely. We started off our meeting with the All Hands Meeting, where we went over our agenda for the evening. There was another interesting question of the week, and we reviewed our mission statement once again.  We proceeded to go over team goals (we’ve…continue reading →
2016-2017 Preseason Meeting #5

2016-2017 Preseason Meeting #5

Starting off discussing our goals and mission statement, our 5th meeting (November 1st) went extremely well! As a reminder, our dues were due the 31st, so if you did not get them in, please send them ASAP. We got great updates on our FLL teams and our outreach goal to reach 5,000 people personally is over 10% there! Our Sarris Candies fundraiser also started today, so if you have an interest in selling candy, talk to our finance leader! Also, we have welding every Thursday and a self defense class coming up on…continue reading →
2016-2017 Preseason Meeting #4

2016-2017 Preseason Meeting #4

The fourth Girls of Steel Preseason Meeting on October 25th (or the fifth if you count the New Girl Orientation Meeting) went spectacular! The girls came back ready to work! We started off with our weekly All Hands Meeting, where we went over our agenda for the day and our team goals and principles. We went over some reminders and upcoming outreach events, as usual. We were also told that we have completed more than 10% of our outreach goal already - we’ve interacted with more than 500 people since the start of…continue reading →
2016-2017 Preseason Meeting #3

2016-2017 Preseason Meeting #3

Our third Girls of Steel preseason meeting, October 18, 2016, was a very successful one! First, the team started off the meeting with our usual All Hands Meeting, we went outside to take some great team pictures, and played a game during Triad Fun Time. The FTC girls attended the All Hands Meeting, and then left to work on their own tasks. Then everyone split up into the business sub-teams, and lastly, had technical time. In the All Hands Meeting, the we began with the question of the week, then discussed the goals…continue reading →
2016-2017 Preseason Meeting #2

2016-2017 Preseason Meeting #2

It's another fun meeting on October 11, 2016 for the Girls of Steel Robotics team! First, as always, we started with the All Hands Meeting, then went onto technical time, and finally business time. The team decided to have triad fun time every other week, so we could fit in 30 minutes just for triads without feeling rushed. An important difference about the meeting today was that each girl who attended the meeting must attend a Shop Training session with our mentor Chuck for 30 minutes. The FTC girls attended the All Hands…continue reading →
2016-2017 Preseason Meeting #1

2016-2017 Preseason Meeting #1

Our second meeting (the first official preseason meeting on October 4th) went phenomenally, and most girls attended and with bright happy smiles! The meeting started with our traditional All Hands Meeting, then 2 rotations, business time, and finally triad time. The FTC girls attended the All Hands Meeting, started working on completing the tasks for their team, and joined in at triad time.   The All Hands Meeting went very well. Our business leader Alexa discussed the expectations and lots of the leaders game miniature presentations on what their sub-teams do. Also, the…continue reading →
2016-2017  New Girl Orientation Meeting

2016-2017 New Girl Orientation Meeting

The Girls of Steel started the 2016- 2017 season off with a bang!  The first meeting was the "New Girl Orientation Meeting" on September 27th for all new girls - new junior members, new high school members, and former junior members who are now joining the high school team - began with a quick introduction including who the team is and what we embody. FIRST was discussed extensively as well as the past and future that will affect the team. Then, the new girls broke off to start team bonding with returning girls.…continue reading →
2016 FIRST Championships

2016 FIRST Championships

Last month we packed up our robot and traveled to Saint Louis for the FIRST World Championships in St. Louis, April 27th to April 30th. St. Louis was filled with fun and excitement. We shipped Byte off through FedEx weeks before and our amazing mentor Chuck drove a van all the way to Missouri full of our tools so all of our stuff was there when we arrived. The team’s bus left early in the morning on Wednesday, April 27th and drove through the day getting settled in St. Louis by the afternoon.…continue reading →