On Thursday, June 13th, YWCA Princeton’s Robotics teams, the Robotic Rockettes and Prototype G, presented a recap of their season to SES. To a room of over forty SES employees, the Robotics teams offered an in-depth look into how they build and engineer robots.
The presentation began with ice cream, provided by SES, and continued with a formal presentation. Aparna Rajesh and Anjali Dhayagude, captains of the Robotics teams, led the presentation. The Robotics teams displayed their robots for SES and shared binders of weekly journals that document the team’s progress through the season. A question and answer portion followed where SES employees learned more about the Robotics teams’ dedication to women and girls in STEM. The visit concluded with a tour of SES. Crystal Pruitt, Chief of Staff to Assemblyman Andrew Zwicker, was also in attendance.
SES is the world-leading satellite operator and the first to deliver a differentiated and scalable GEO-MEO offering worldwide, with over 50 satellites in Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) and 20 in Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) covering the entire globe. SES connects and enables broadcast, telecom, corporate and government customers, and enriches the lives of billions of people worldwide. Headquartered in Luxembourg, SES has 2,000 employees worldwide with an important presence in Princeton, NJ where they design and fly satellites from their technology center.
“We value our partnership with the YWCA Princeton Robotics teams. These young robotic rock stars are smart, confident, and possess extraordinary communication skills. They embody the entire talent package important to SES and at a relatively young age have inspired many of us. Ultimately, they provide a valuable pipeline of skills for SES’s future.” Douglas Clayton, SVP, Human Resources.
The YWCA Princeton’s Robotics program is designed to reduce the gender and racial disparities in the STEM field by providing STEM education to girls in grades 4-12. SES has been a founding supporter of YWCA Princeton’s Robotics program and by doing so has demonstrated their commitment to supporting women and girls in STEM. The deep collaboration between SES and YWCA Princeton is more than just financial, SES has provided summer internships for some members and an SES employee serves as a coach for one of the Robotics teams.
“We are incredibly grateful for the support from SES, which has empowered the girls in our Robotics program to achieve remarkable things this year,” stated Judy Hutton, CEO of YWCA Princeton. “We appreciate their commitment in helping us shape the next generation of young women leaders in STEM.”
In addition to offering STEM education to girls, YWCA Princeton’s Robotics program emphasizes the importance of community work and volunteerism. Practice time is also dedicated to outreach and helping other youth get involved in Robotics. YWCA Princeton’s Robotics team have met with engineers from SES, NASA, the National Center for Women & Information Technology, and Princeton Plasma Physics Lab to learn more about the STEM field and incorporate best practices into the Robotics program.
This summer YWCA Princeton will offer a summer STEM club for youth ages 6-10. More information on the summer STEM club can be found here.
About YWCA Princeton
Established in 1922, the YWCA Princeton is a not-for-profit organization with thousands of members, with a mission to eliminate racism and empower women. It serves Mercer County and Central NJ through educational and recreational classes, social services, advocacy, and leadership development. Programs include aquatics, arts and crafts, breast cancer resources, childcare, community events, dance, early childhood education, English as a Second Language, High School equivalency preparation and testing and STEM/robotics. The YWCA is the oldest and largest multicultural women’s organization in the world with affiliates in over 120 countries and with 250 associations in the U.S.