FIRST robotics events and Sweet Briar (NYC and Richmond, Va)

Team Techno Girls, team #1968 (an all girls team!) practices with their robot

I just got back from New York City where the Sweet Briar Engineering Program had a booth at the NYC Regional FIRST robotics competition.  Caroline Sorensen, a sophomore engineering major, went as well.  We gave out over 150 of our speaker kits and got to talk with some great high school students about Sweet Briar.    The pirate shown here is holding one of our speaker kits (simple parts that be turned into a speaker that will play music from an ipod).

Students really get into supporting their teams - See Pirate

If you haven’t heard of FIRST, their mission is “…to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.”   FIRST sponsors robotics competitions at a variety of levels all across the country.   More info on FIRST can be found here. Sweet Briar also offers scholarships to students that have participated in FIRST, see our website for details.

The Sweet Briar Engineering Program will also have a booth at the Virginia Regional FIRST competition March 19-20 at VCU.  Drop by our booth and visit with Sweet Briar students and faculty.  We’ll also have tons of information about our upcoming Explore Engineering events for high school girls (April 9-10 and July 25-30, see our website for more info).

Caroline talks to students about our upcoming Spring Explore event (yes, we told the males we were a women's college...)

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