Over the weekend, Prototype G, one of our three all-girls robotics teams, won the Inspire Award at the First Tech Challenge Regional Qualifier! The Inspire award is the most prestigious award that can be given to a team. This victory will send Prototype G straight to the State Championship in March, meaning they no longer need to compete in the upcoming League Tournament.
The First Tech Challenge judges were particularly impressed by the team’s robot design, CAD, engineering documentation, and outreach. Each member of Prototype G put in long hours within their sub-teams to pull off their latest and well-deserved accomplishment.
Lead by team captains Aparna Rajesh and Shreya Hegde, the sub-teams are:
- Mechanical: Shreya Hegde, Aparna Rajesh, Harshini Ganapathi, Pavani Vikram, and Layanga Athalage
- Software: Aparna Rajesh and Layanga Athalage
- CAD: Abhirami Rajesh, Aparna Rajesh, Shreya Hegde, and Fiona Mercy Puthur Anto
- Outreach: Aparna Rajesh, Shreya Hegde, Layanga Athalage, Fiona Mercy Puthur Anto, Abhirami Rajesh, Varsha Chennam, Pavani Vikram, and Harshini Ganapathi
- Robot Design: Aparna Rajesh, Shreya Hegde, Layanga Athalage, and Harshini Ganapathi, Pavani Vikram, Fiona Mercy Puthur Anto, Abhirami Rajesh, and Varsha Chennam
- Documentation: Aparna Rajesh, Pavani Vikram, Shreya Hegde, Layanga Athalage, Fiona Mercy Puthur Anto, Abhirami Rajesh, Varsha Chennam, and Harshini Ganapathi
We are incredibly proud of all our teams. The Inspire award is an appropriate one for Prototype G because they inspire all of us at YWCA Princeton. To be so dedicated in any field as high schoolers is impressive in itself, and furthermore, they are dedicated to a field that has historically been occupied by young boys and men–they are changing that. They are creating a space for themselves, but they are also showing other young women what is possible.
Our Robotics program would not be possible without its founder, Dr. Cheryl Rowe Rendleman, and our key supporters at SES Americom and Nordson. We thank them for helping us empower the next generation of programmers and engineers! Likewise, our incredible coaches have been integral in guiding our teams to success. Prototype G Co-captain Aparna shared, “we are also thankful for our coaches, Andrew and Justin. They have been working incredibly hard, often agreeing to stay with our team even after the official meeting hours ended, and drawing upon their years of experience as STEM professionals in order to give us advice with CAD and robot design.”
Our robotics teams don’t only prove that girls can code, program, design, and operate semi-autonomous robots. Our teams prove girls can code, program, design, and operate semi-autonomous robots, and do it better than anyone else.