Recently, Aparna, team captain of Prototype G, was asked to act as an honorary member of team 9971 LANbros (the #1 ranked team in the state) drive team, where she and the team competed at—and won the entire FTC World Championship. She was also selected to be 1 of 4 NJ FTC Dean’s List Finalists out of the 54 semi-finalists in NJ FTC. Finalists are invited to the FIRST World Championship and the Dean’s List Luncheon, a meeting with FIRST founders, FIRST executives, and past Dean’s List Winners in order to discuss their accomplishments and future plans.
Aparna continues to be a lead the way for girls interested in STEM, not only in the YWCA Princeton Robotics Lab, but on a national scale through FTC competitions. YWCA Princeton is extremely proud of her accomplishments, and feels inspired by her passion to encourage other young women to pursue STEM and robotics.
YWCA Princeton’s all-girls robotics teams, the Robotic Rockettes and Prototype G, compete in First Lego League (FLL) and First Tech Challenge (FTC) competitions. The FLL competition requires the Robotic Rockettes, comprised of girls in 4th-8th grade to solve a real-world challenge using science, which they present at regional competitions. They also build a robot using Lego bricks, which includes sensors, pulleys, and motors. Prototype G, comprised of girls in 7th-12th grade, build, design, and program a robot capable of competing in technical challenges against other robots. The competitions, which are similar to what Aparna participated in at Worlds, include challenges that require the robot to act autonomously or be controlled by a team member.
YWCA Princeton offers a Summer STEM Club for girls and boys ages 6-12 who are interested in science, math, technology, and robotics. Registration for the all-girls robotics teams are open now. For more information, click here.