Robotics lands technology grant

Andraea Aguilera

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Robotics Club received the Girl Powered VRC Team Grant from the Robotics Education and Competition Foundation. The foundation, collaborating with VEX Robotics, Inc., launched Girl Powered to double the number of girls on teams over the course of five years.
“Technology needs women more than women need technology. There’s a common notion that we want women to be involved because it’s fair to women; we want women to be involved because it’s fair to the world,” mechanical engineering professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Woodie Flowers said.
The foundation promises to provide the community with the necessary tools to include more girls in the classroom and on the competition field. The grant also covers the team registration fee of $150.
“I think this is a great opportunity for Maverick young women to show the world what real Mavericks we can be in this STEM world,” club organizer Mason Pyper said.
Clubs receive the grant for two years as long as they maintain 50% or more females. Three girls and two boys currently serve the team. They must compete in the next two competitions using the donated equipment.
If the team fails to meet the conditions or decides to no longer compete in the VEX Robotics Competition, all equipment must be returned. 

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