More than 40 student teams from three states showcased their STEM stuff during the FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC) St. Louis Regional held at the Chaifetz Arena. While many were focused on claiming victory, one rookie team had already made their way into the history books. The team from Rosati-Kain High School, known as SistamatiK became the first ever St. Louis area all-girls high school robotics team to compete in the St. Louis regional.
“I’m proud of the fact that I go to an all-girls school. And being able to say that I am on the first all-girls team in the region for FRC, is probably just the greatest thing because I am able to say that girls in STEM are going to be a stronger presence now,” said Rachel Porter, Rosati-Kain High School sophomore from St. Louis.
FIRST® Robotics, a competition designed to inspire young people to be leaders in the STEM fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, by engaging them in an exciting mentor-based program that builds technology skills, inspires innovation, and fosters abilities such as self-confidence, communication, and leadership.
With support from their Boeing mentors, SistamatiK designed, built, tested and competed with their robot in this year’s game, called Recycle Rush, which required them to consider how to build something cleaner for the environment.
“I’m so so impressed that not only are they here, but that it’s working. Especially for a rookie team, that they have a robot that’s scored some points and completed some of the tasks they’ve set out to do. Just alone doing that, especially for a rookie team, I think is incredible,” said Boeing mentor Dani Shearman.
This year more than 500 Boeing mentors supported almost 300 teams of students as they worked together to build and operate robots that not only perform incredible feats but inspire futures.