By creating a community in FIRST that supports our future goals in STEM, we can close the gender gap and reach great accomplishments as the ladies in the movie did! And the best part is, organizing a meet-up is super easy! Organize the event around something that is both fun and embodies the FIRST Ladies mission of empowerment. Some of our past examples include talking with women in engineering at a lunch conference at competition with attending teams.
Send out an invitation and RSVP form a couple weeks ahead of time and then spread the word. If possible, reach out to your regional director to send out an email to all the teams in the area. Here is an example of the form and invitation we sent out through Google Forms: Pittsburgh FIRST Ladies Meet-up and Movie Night
If you are interested in hosting a movie night of your own, here is a list of girl-power documentaries about women in technology. All documentaries listed are available to request a screening:
She Started it Film
Code Girl Movie
Go Against the Flow
Thank you to FRC teams 4991, Horsepower, and 4150, FRobotics, along with FTC team 13873, the OC Eagles, and our FTC team 9820, Girls of Steel Hypatia, for joining us! We really enjoyed spending time with our FIRST Ladies community and can’t wait to see you all again at future FIRST events!
This blog was written by Mikayla T. from FRC team 3504, Girls of Steel. If you are interested in blogging for FIRST Ladies, click here to sign up on the schedule!