YWCA Robotics Captain Continues to Lead the Way in STEM

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YWCA Princeton is proud to congratulate Aparna Rajesh, Captain and lead programmer of the YWCA’s all-girls FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics team. The National Center for Women and Technology just announced the AIC applications and Ms. Rajesh is among the top 8% nationally for her work in STEM.. She received a 2019 National Honor and a 2019 New Jersey State Win. For Ms. Rajesh, this recent accolade is one of many—she is already an incredibly successful leader and advocate for girls in STEM programs, and has been involved in the FIRST Robotics program since 2013.

In reference to her accomplishments, Aparna stated, “I couldn’t have done any of this without the incredible opportunities that the YWCA provides for students like me in the area. The robotics program has helped me identify one of my deepest passions and refine my leadership skills. Simply being a part of the program has opened doors to so many new opportunities; it has inspired me to make change within my own community and even start more FIRST teams across the country to share the joy of FIRST.”

“Aparna is testament to the YWCA’s belief that empowered women empower women,” Says Judith Hutton, Chief Executive Office of YWCA Princeton. “We are incredibly proud of her accomplishments, as well as her drive to inspire and help other young women in the community.”

About the FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics Team

The FTC competition teams build, program, design and redesign as needed a robot that is capable of competing against other robots in a difficult technical challenge. The robot competes in both autonomous and driver controlled competitions. Teams are guided by adult Coaches and Mentors, who help students develop 21st Century Technical skills in Engineering principles (like keeping an engineering notebook), Design, Marketing, Branding, and Project Management. Teams also must do community outreach for which they can win awards. Participants have access to tens of millions of dollars in college scholarships. It’s all done with Gracious Professionalism! The FTC Team is for girls in grades 7th-12th.