Brightest minds of tomorrow attend FLL Robotics Competition bootcamp style clinic

Chattanooga, TN (WDEF) – Bright and early Saturday morning, elementary students from 40 different schools gathered at UTC to talk robotics.  It was all for the bootcamp style kick-off for this year’s FLL Robotics Competition.

        Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke gave opening remarks about the importance of STEM careers, then yours truly got to address the girls in the crowd about how cool it is to be a woman in science.  Anyone who knows me knows that even though I no longer work as a meteorologist, the Earth sciences remain near and dear to my heart (I’m set to earn my Masters degree in Environmental Sciences from UTC this spring.)  So any opportunity I get to encourage other girls to embrace science definitely earns a "10" on the Amy-O-Meter!

        Even though woman currently outpace men when it comes to earning collegiate bachelor’s degrees in all fields, fewer women participate in STEM careers.  According to the U.S. Department of Labor, women make up only 26% of all people working in computer and mathematical sciences and only 13% of all people working as engineers.  I took the opportunity to try to change that Saturday morning by encouraging those girls to stay in STEM fields, long after the FLL Robotics competition is over.

        I’ll keep you updated as the teams get ready for the actual competition this December.

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