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Program Promotes Women in Expanding Robotics Fields


Girls working on a robot.

The Girls of Steel program encourages school-age girls to explore science, technology, engineering and math.

Credit: Brooklyn Robot Foundry

Carnegie Mellon University's (CMU) Pattie Rote is the co-founder of Girls of Steel, a K-12 program designed to promote science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects through mentoring and robotics competition.

For the past two years, nearly as many woman as men have been accepted by CMU's computer science program, but women continue to make up only about 25% of the university robotics program. Girls of Steel aims to change that.

The Girls of Steel program "makes robotics interesting and cool and a great social activity, and not just some solitary nerdiness," said CMU’s Bill Scherlis, who added that "the robotics competitions are competitive and promote camaraderie and development of coaching skills."

From Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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