On November 16th, All Girls STEM Society and FTC Robotics team, The Clueless, hosted the Lego Mindstorms Workshop. Throughout the workshop, the girls explored a variety of topics ranging from coding and building to core values.
The workshop began with an introduction by co-presidents Amanda and Emma who then handed things off to Emily and she began with an introduction to robots and their complex components and parts. When asked to define a robot, one girl said, "Something that is programmed to perform actions.” Emily further added that a robot “uses its surroundings and carries out tasks according to instructions with certain autonomy.”
Emily then compared different robot parts to parts of the human brain. She explained that robots, like people, require brains to guide their movements and sensors to detect their surroundings. She says, “Motors tell us what goes on in our world. They are like our eyes or our skin, without them we wouldn’t know what’s going on in the world.” She emphasized an important goal to keep in mind when designing a robot: it should be “simple, sturdy, reliable, and easy to replicate and for less to go wrong.”
On Sunday, October 27, over 50 girls attended the All Girls STEM Society’s first Logic Workshop at Mission Valley Public Library. This workshop, created by Emma, Mira, and Clare, challenged the girls with many fun hands-on puzzles and kept the girls active and engaged.