Feiyue is a two-week long summer camp sponsored by and held at Carnegie Mellon University’s Field Robotics Center in Pittsburgh PA USA. Girls of Steel mentors created Feiyue, developed the curriculum, recruited students from China, and invited Girls of Steel members to be TAs. We have taught about 55 Chinese students about robotics during the past four summers (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016). The program plays an important role in the financial sustainability of our own team. Last summer we added a section specifically designed to train new students and teachers in leading FRC teams.
One of our mentors helped organize a Shenzhen FRC Workshop and traveled to Shenzhen in November 2014. The mentors there represented over 20 teams including FRC teams #4830, #5307, #5522, #5453, #5297 and #4953. In 2016, another mentor and team member traveled back to Shenzhen to check in on Team 6414, which was formed as a direct result of the Feiyue program. Read about their trip in our blog post.
“It has been a year since I paid my first visit to CMU, but the amazing experiences with you, Prof. Jason Winters, Prof. Alex Long, and those TAs from Girls of Steel have had a profound influence on me. Not only had I learned a lot about programming and mechanic design, but I had also become passionate about building robots with my team.” ~ Sandy Sun Xi wrote in an email to our mentor, George Kantor, in 2014. She now speaks passionately about how Girls of Steel inspired her to go into a STEM discipline in China even though there are strong cultural biases there against women in STEM.
“Dear Professor, Good morning! I’m the girls who talked with you today and the captain of team 5297. Thank you so much for your generous help, your advice really helped us solve many questions that we felt uncertain. As a rookie team, we benefit a lot through this conversation, we will try to do the best. I also need to thank you personally because the speech you gave in our school last year made me realize that robotics is a really cool thing and what I love. I think I will choose robotics as my major and hope ther’s a day I can be your student at Carnegie Mellon 🙂 Thank you for your reading and hope you have a nice day!” Sincerely, Jiahua Guo, another Feiyue student.
2016 Feiyue Camp
Feiyue was held July 25th until August 6th, 2016. The Feiyue team was composed of 32 students from different places in China. The students this year had to design and build a robot to compete in the FIRST Stronghold game at the off-season event, WVROX, held at West Virginia University, hosted by MARS FRC 2614. The Feiyue team met at Carnegie Mellon University at the Field Robotics Center five days a week from 9 am -5 pm. The students on this team were from a diversity of grades, but mainly high school students.
The Girls of Steel hosted Feiyue because we want to spread STEM, science technology engineering and math, to as many people as possible. “It was a fun experience to interact with people from another country who had some, or no experience with robotics.” ~ Jet, Girls of Steel TA
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