Girls of Steel Robotics
Volume 5 #7
Find What You Need

It's summer, and we hope you're enjoying vacations, volunteering, and summer jobs.  At Girls of Steel our summer season began with a bang right before Memorial Day weekend with four awesome outreach events followed by the WOW competition!  The rest of the summer is already full, so read on to find out about Girls of Steel in DC and in Pittsburgh.  Also look for information about Pittsburgh's first official off-season competition, the Steel City Showdown, scheduled for August 5, 2017 at the Cohon University Center at Carnegie Mellon University.


WOW Competition
May 27, 2017
The Girls of Steel qualified as one of the 32 teams to attend the WOW competition held at Otterbein University on May 27th.  
Check out the blog post and photos of the event here.

Congratulations, Seniors!

Five Girls of Steel seniors graduated this year and they're attending great schools in the Pittsburgh area.  Arushi is attending Carnegie Mellon University.  Cheyenne is attending Slippery Rock University. Gayathri is also attending Carnegie Mellon University.   Jean Marie (JET) is attending University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown. Jisue is attending CalU. We wish everyone the best of luck.  Keep in touch!

Steel City Showdown
August 5, 2017

The first official Pittsburgh area off-season event is coming up soon!  Check out the event website for more information.  

Here's a glimpse at some of our events and activities along with what's coming up soon...

Girls Maker Night: Robot Chassis Workshop at Assemble

The Girls of Steel held a chassis building workshop at Assemble on May 22, 2017.  


Robot Demo for Ambassadors
We met the group of 33 ambassadors from around the world who visited NREC during their Experience Pittsburgh tour on May 23, 2017.  Here's the link to the story on WESA 90.5, Pittsburgh's NPR news station, including a photo of the girls.

Remake Learning Days Robot Chassis Workshop
In addition to appearing on Pittsburgh Today Live on May 8th and at the Remake Learning Days Kickoff on May 15th to promote Pittsburgh's 2017 Remake Learning Days events, we hosted our own event, a Robot Chassis Workshop, at Carnegie Mellon University on May 24, 2017.  It was a fun event attended by boys and girls from Pittsburgh with Girls of Steel high school mentors.

FIRST LEGO League Jr Demo Day
On May 25, 2017 we hosted our 3rd annual FLL Jr Demo Day for the 30 students, their teachers, parents, and friends.  There were five Girls of Steel FLL Jr teams from 3 local schools: FLL Jr 7397, The Fluffy Kittens from Providence Heights Alpha School; FLL Jr 7398, The Falk Falcons, from the Falk School; and FLL Jr 2793 The GLIMPP Group, FLL Jr 3813, The LEGO Ninjas, and FLL Jr 10833, The LTB team all from Franklin Elementary School.

In addition to the events listed above, we have also attended or hosted the following outreach activities:

June 14, 2017 Seminar for NREC Staff
June 25-28, 2017 FIRST National Advocacy Conference in DC.  Photos from our meeting with Congressman Mike Doyle and all the 
FIRST students at the Capitol
.  More information about the conference is available here .  More photos are available here and in the blog post   here .
June 26, 2017 National Coalition of Girls Schools Conference presentation. Photo .
July 5-7, 2017 Introduction to FTC and Robotics with Gwen's Girls. Group photo and video of the robots assembled and tested at camp.


FIRST LEGO League Teams
The next FLL season will begin in August 2017 with a summer camp (August 7-11, 2017) where campers will learn FLL skills to prepare to join one of our teams or another one.  Contact us at if you have any questions.  The application to join the Girls of Steel FLL teams is available here.

Events Coming Up:
July 11 and July 13, 2017 A two-day EV3 Programming camp with FTC 10083, Mars Robotics from Mars, PA.
July 25-August 5, 2017 Robotics Feiyue camp at Carnegie Mellon for high schools students from China.
August 7-11, 2017 FLL Skills Camp at NREC


From Member to Mentor

Former Girl of Steel Molly U. writes about her experience as a volunteer with FIRST in Illinois where she is attending college.  Read her article that was published by  

Public Source: Priya's 360 Video 

Priya, a Girl of Steel since joining in 2014 as a junior member, is featured in this story and 360 video. Her advice: Just keep doing it! 

Be Inspired Essay Winner

Junior member, Ananya R., received a first place award in the 7th -8th grade division for the Girls Coalition of Southwestern Pennsylvania Be Inspired essay contest.  Congratulations, Ananya!
Constant Contact All-Star Award
Thanks to our su bscribers for reading and responding to our emails!  


Learn Scratch: Create Stories, Games, and Animations

Society of Women Engineers NEXT:  Become a part of the Society of Women Engineers! Any girl 13 and older may join SWENext. Under 13? Your parent can be the primary contact.



Robotics Practice Field Information: Carnegie Mellon University and Girls of Steel sponsored robotics practice field  is located at NREC 10 40th St., Pittsburgh, PA 15201  <  > .      
Girls of Steel Calendar: See all Girls of Steel events and meetings in one place!  Send an email to  if you have a question about an event or if you would like to add an event to the calendar.

Girls of Steel Applications:  FRC team for girls in grades 9-12; FTC team for 8th grade girls;
 FLL teams    for boys and girls, grades 4 to 8.

Girls of Steel Interest Form: Sign up here to join the mailing list to receive this newsletter and information about  future summer camps and applications to join the Girls of Steel teams.

General Girls of Steel email addresses: 

a. FRC and FTC: <

b. FLL and FLL Jr: <>

Email Distribution Lists:
a.   FRC girls:<>
b.   FTC girls and parents: <>
b.   FRC parents: <>
d.   FLL teams: <>