Competitive Robotics Sponsor SES Visits YWCA

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Pictured here are (L-R): Kristin Epstein, Letia Taylor, Nancy Faherty, Judy Hutton, Doug Clayton, Cheryl Rowe-Rendleman, Lisa Krueger and Allison Simi.

YWCA Princeton’s All-Girls Competitive Robotics program is wrapping up another year of success by sending gratitude to the skilled volunteers and generous supporters who have launched this program beyond expectation! The FTC Teams (ages 13-18) are especially grateful to SES, the world’s leading satellite operator. Thanks to Dr. Douglas Clayton, Senior VP at SES, our girls and their mentors are planning a June 14th presentation to demonstrate what they have learned, as well as the confidence they have gained by working as a group in the space provided to the YWCA by SES.

“Our participants are ambassadors for our continued success because they have had the opportunity to be mentored by the engineers at SES, experience the organization’s amazing environment on Research Way, and compete in local and regional FTC events,” states Dr. Cheryl Rowe-Rendleman, YWCA Board President. The competition trail is provided by FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) with the goal-inspiring young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. According to metrics provided by FIRST, over 84% of their participants find more interest in school, 84% have more interest in taking a challenging math or science course, and 86% are more interested in attending college. “Of all of the indicators, the most exciting for us is that 33% of girls who participate in such programs decide to pursue a career in a STEM field!” adds YWCA Princeton CEO Judy Hutton. “What a great way to empower women and girls!”