Hi to all of our blog readers! We are the co-directors of FIRST Ladies: Mia, Megan, and Hannah. We are all high school students on FRC team 3504. Our team, Girls of Steel, is an all girls team based at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. Appointed members of our team have been running the FIRST Ladies community since 2019. We are excited to kick off this season with all of our current and prospective FIRST Ladies partners. In order to best connect with teams in the early stages of the year, us directors held a meeting for all teams interested in FIRST Ladies.
On Tuesday 9/19/23 and Wednesday 9/20/23, the FIRST Ladies co-directors virtually met with 11+ different teams across the world in our Zoom Meet-Ups!
We started the event by presenting a slideshow discussing the best parts about being a FIRST Ladies regional partner. We also talked about what we do as co-directors and the resources we provide to each and every FIRST ladies partner. You can view that slideshow here: https://linktr.ee/ladiesinfirst
We also got the chance to thoroughly describe the brand new FIRST Ladies Certificate of Recognition program. This is an award opportunity for our Regional Partners to demonstrate their devotion to our mission. More information about the program can be found in the slideshow above!
Our favorite part of the Zoom Meet-ups however was our Q&A and discussion time after the presentation. We shared our experiences as a woman in the STEM field and at FIRST competitions. We discussed how empowering being on an all-girls team can be, but how we can still feel excluded at competitions. Our personal experiences can encourage teams to spread the important message of gender inclusion in STEM activities. We also got to hear the personal experiences of the team members who attended the meet-ups. Their stories were impactful, and we are excited to help them continue to run awesome outreach programs!
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