One way we showcase our identity as a girls team is through the names of our robots. Where do we get our robot names? We like to stick with a theme. Usually it coincides with the theme for the season, but most importantly we name our robots after women both in real life and in film who inspire us. We’ve done it for multiple seasons now with names such as Violet, Sally Ride, L3-37, and Eowyn. Here is our reasoning for each name.
Violet was our 2016-2017 season robot. She was named after Violet from the Incredibles. It was a fitting name because our team wears super hero capes and our color is purple, but most importantly, Violet is an amazing character. She is strong and confident and those traits are something that our team embodies.
Sally Ride was our 2018-2019 season robot. She was named after Sally Ride, the first American female to go to space. She paved the way for women in STEM and is an inspiration to us all. She was also an astronaut and that fell right into the theme of space in Rover Ruckus.
L3-37 was our 2019-2020 season robot. She was named after a female droid activist from Star Wars, which fits right into the theme of the season. We picked her because she is persistent in her beliefs and stands up for what she believes is right. We strive to carry ourselves the way she does and continue to advocate for what we believe in.
Eowyn was our 2020-2021 season robot. She is named after Eowyn, a human in Lord of the Rings. We knew we wanted a Lord of the Rings character as our inspiration because of the ring element in the game, and Eowyn stood out to us the most. She is a self-appointed shieldmaiden, and she is famously quoted for saying “I am no man.” Eowyn is fierce and doesn’t back down, even when told she can’t do something because of her gender. Her fighting spirit is something our team hopes to embody.
Each year our team has gone out of our way to ensure that our robot is named after someone who inspires us and reminds us of how we want to carry ourselves in the FTC season.
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