Girls in STEM Executive Advisory Council

5
Nov

Girls in STEM: Love From A Father

  by Andrea Farias, FIRST Team 4343 and Girls in STEM Student Advisory Council Member   When you think of people who inspire and promote women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), who comes to mind? Most often it’s women role models and champions of girls in STEM. I would like us to recognize the importance of men in this

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2
Nov

Mentorship: The Guiding Star – An Interview with Emily Chung

by Alicia Pan, FIRST Team 6070 and Girls in STEM Student Council Member Upon entering the “real world”, it becomes apparent that there are no set answers that somebody else can provide for us regarding career choices. We each have to forge our own path in our own way. So when the race is something as daunting as gradually shaping

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12
Oct

Introducing the 2018-2019 Girls in STEM Student Advisory Council

  by Erica Rossi, Girls in STEM Student Council Chair The FIRST Canada Girls in STEM Student Advisory Council was created to help give girls a voice and a community in the STEM fields and on FIRST teams. Our mission is to help bridge the gap between boys and girls while developing strategies and initiatives that will aid in overcoming challenges

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31
May

A Weekend Up North with the Girls… and some Robots

General Motors Canada’s Stephanie Thompson is our guest blogger this week! Stephanie is a Senior Engineer at GM’s St. Catharines Propulsion Plant, and has been a technical mentor and volunteer with FIRST Robotics Canada for 13 years. Take it away, Stephanie! 32 robot teams. 100 high school girls. 165 minutes of connecting. 990,000 seconds of fun. On May 26th and

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26
Oct

Microsponsorship on FIRST Teams

by Erica Rossi, FRC Team 5885 — The Villanova WiredCats Last month, the Girls in STEM Student Executive Advisory Council had a discussion pertaining to microaggression and how to counteract it with microsponsorship. Microsponsorship counters microaggression by recognizing and including people who might be overlooked due to their differences. But what does this really mean? From an early age we

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11
Oct

Challenging Gender Stereotypes for Our Siblings

by Madison Vickery, FRC Student As a child I was always encouraged by my parents to step outside of the borders set for females and to pursue my interests; whatever they may be. My interests growing up revolved around STEM. My whole life I knew that I wanted to go into the engineering field, but it wasn’t until grade seven

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3
Oct

Thank You, Dad!

by Jessica Kelso, FIRST Team 1305 — Ice Cubed For me, one of the most impactful people in my life has been my dad. As a 16-year-old girl on a robotics team and involved in other STEM-related activities, I believe that I stand out in my group of female friends because of my dad’s positive influence. The environment a girl

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18
Aug

A Weekend to Remember

by Mehakdeep Khela, FRC Team 6387 — Discobots Canada On Saturday, May 28, 2017, FIRST Canada held a weekend for girls in FIRST. This weekend outlined struggles that girls face in the STEM fields and how to cope with these challenges. This weekend really helped me personally become stronger, realize my potential, and grow more resilient. There were many guest

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11
Aug

Allies Advance Ideas and Innovation

by Kouthar Waled, FRC Team 772 — the Sabre Bytes Every year, there are more girls joining FIRST Robotics teams. There are still struggles, however, that females face when joining and participating in these teams. Females on teams are more likely to report not being taken seriously in discussions and when working on the robot, and are more likely not

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28
Jul

Afghan Girls Team Wins Silver Medal

FIRST Robotics Canada Update on “courageous achievement” by Afghan Robotics Team Toronto, ON, (July 19, 2017) – A renown team of teenage girls from Afghanistan proudly accepted a silver medal for “courageous achievement” at the FIRST Global Challenge in Washington, DC. The all-girls robotics team attracted international attention after team members traveled 800 kilometers to the American Embassy in Kabul,

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