FIRST Robotics Team #3504: We, the Girls of Steel, are more than just a robotics team. Our mission goes past building a robot for competition; We work hard to give girls the skills that will last far beyond their high-school years.
Empowering women and girls in the pursuit of STEM by exemplifying female success in robotics
Our team started 2011 with a bang! We won two Rookie All Star Awards at the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) regional competitions in Pittsburgh and Washington D.C., which qualified us for World Championships in St. Louis that year. Surprisingly, our robot placed as second highest rookie team in our division, catching the attention of media, business professionals, and companies alike.
During our team’s sophomore year, we worked on expanding our team’s presence in Pittsburgh. We tripled the number of students on our FIRST team, giving even more girls access to the fantastic learning environment at Carnegie Mellon University.
We have made it our mission to not only build great robots, but also to support women and children’s involvement in STEM (Science, Math, Engineering, and Technology) fields. Pittsburgh was once known as the “Steel City”, which has inspired the Girls of Steel to become a strong, determined, and bold team. We are a notable presence in our community and here to stay for years to come. We want to provide a place where the girls and women of our communities will be encouraged to think both technically and creatively. Regardless of finances or distance, FIRST Team #3504 accepts any girl who proves herself dedicated to FIRST robotics.
We endeavor to not only inspire our peers and younger students as we have been inspired, but we also work towards bringing the message of FIRST back to our local communities through service projects, assemblies, demonstrations, and other opportunities. FIRST‘s mission is our mission, and we can make the world a better place.