Friday, November 11, 2011

Past Events: SWAT Symposium in Toronto

The Girls of Steel, represented by Rachel, Jaden, and Liz, participated in the SWAT Symposium in Toronto, Canada on October 22, 2011.

The SWAT Symposium was hosted by the FIRST robotics team, SWAT #771.  A number of Canadian teams got together to share information about FIRST and their team.

The SWAT Symposium was an all day event consisting of many impressive presentations and workshops provided by some Canadian FRC and FLL teams.  It was a lot of fun, and the girls representing the Girls of Steel even had the opportunity, along with the other teams, to talk to a Canadian astronaut, Chris Hadfield, on the computer.  Chris Hadfield, who is in Houston at the moment, is to be the first Canadian in charge of the International Space Station (ISS).

The Girls of Steel became friends with SWAT when our team met them at last season's Pittsburgh regional.  Similar to the Girls of Steel, SWAT is also a 100% girls FRC team.  They invited us to the event to give a presentation on how to get girls interested in STEM, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.  Our presentation was aimed to teams who were made up of mostly guys who felt as if their girls were not as included as they could be.

The girls representing our team went to other teams' presentations and were very impressed.  Karthik Kanagasabapathy, a famous mentor from the team Simbotics #1114, gave a presentation about how to come up with strategies for this coming year's game.

Jaden, Liz, and Rachel had a lot of fun at the event and brought a lot of new ideas home to the Girls of Steel to better ourselves for this coming season.  We would like to thank the SWAT team for inviting us to this amazing event that we were happy to be involved in.  We hope that our presentation affected other teams like their presentations and workshops affected us.