On Saturday, October 27th, members of the YWCA Princeton’s Robotics team attended the second annual In Her Power Conference, hosted by the Congressional Caucus on Black Women & Girls.
Three members of Prototype G, an all-girls competitive Robotics team at the YWCA Princeton, participated in a day of learning devoted to the empowerment of Black girls and other girls of color in middle school. The In Her Power conference was co-chaired by Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12), Robin L. Kelly (IL-2), and Yvette D. Clark (NY-9) and was held at Mercer County Community College. President of Mercer County Community College, Dr. Jianping Wang, provided opening remarks and spoke on her own experience as a young girl in China. Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman challenged the girls to dream big and to speak up for themselves and each other.
“It is important for young girls, especially girls of color, to hear messages of empowerment,” remarked Judy Hutton, YWCA Princeton’s CEO. “We applaud the Congressional Caucus on Black Women & Girls for the opportunity to bring together girls of color for such an important event.”
YWCA Princeton’s Robotics program is comprised of four teams, two FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Lego League (FLL) and two FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) teams. The program, part of an initiative by hosted by Princeton University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, imparts important skills on young girls, including critical thinking, conflict resolution, and team-building as well as exposes them to STEM principles. Girls are able to participate in the Robotics program thanks to scholarships from SES.