YWCA Princeton congratulates Aparna Rajesh and Anjali Dhayagude, captains of its all-girls competitive Robotics teams, for winning two awards from the New Jersey affiliate of the National Center for Women & Information Technology. Aparna has been named Winner and Anjali has been named a Rising Star. “We are thrilled that Aparna and Anjali’s talents and leadership skills are being recognized,” stated Judy Hutton, CEO of the YWCA Princeton. “These young women embody our mission of eliminating racism and empowering women. Supporting young women in their early STEM training is a direct advancement of our mission and we believe this is only the beginning of the great things that Aparna and Anjali will accomplish”. Rajesh and Dhayagude also completed summer internships with SES Americom, a sponsor of the Robotics program, and were nominated for Mercer County’s Young Woman of Achievement.
YWCA Princeton’s Robotics program began in 2014 and has evolved into a program that offers elite STEM training to young girls. Now the YWCA Princeton has two teams, the Robotic Rockettes and Prototype G, that offer STEM training for middle and high school girls. Most recently, the Robotic Rockettes advanced to the New Jersey State Championships. During the qualifiers in January, the Robotic Rockettes were awarded the Inspire Award, an award given to a team that embodies the ‘challenge’ of the FIRST Tech Challenge. That is to say, the award is given to a team that is a strong ambassador, a role model, and has the collective ability to act with gracious professionalism. State Championships will be held in early March.
About the National Center for Women & Information Technology
The National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) is a non-profit community of more than 1,100 universities, companies, non-profits, and government organizations nationwide working to increase girls’ and women’s meaningful participation in computing. NCWIT equips change leaders with resources for taking action in recruiting, retaining, and advancing women from K–12 and higher education through industry and entrepreneurial careers. Visit www.ncwit.org to learn more.