It's been my first school year running GUST. In just the span of the past couple months, we've gotten so much done! It's been beyond amazing working with the hundreds of girls I've gotten to know through this project. Whether it's the girls I see every week at after school GUST clubs or the ones I've worked with just once at an event, I'm honestly humbled more than anything to have a chance to make even a small difference.
The other day, some of the girls I work with came up to me when I was wearing my robotics team's sweatshirt. They began peppering me with questions, everything from "How does your robot work?" to "Did you name your robot?" I suggested to them that they join their school's FLL robotics team once they got to middle school, and some were ecstatic at the prospect. However, more than a couple were hesitant, telling me that they "didn't think they'd be very good at robotics."
Lies. I know these girls well enough to know that they'd all be phenomenal if they joined the team.
This is the kind of mindset I'm working to eradicate. I'd be beyond happy if I managed to change even one of those girls' minds. Hoping I see some of the fifth graders on their robotics team next year :)
TouchTomorrow is Worcester Polytechnic Institute's yearly STEM festival. I've been going since I was young, buzzing with excitement over real space suits on display and driving little robots at the different booths. This year was really no different, except for the fact that I was on the other end of things.
Project GUST's booth was -- dare I say -- too big of a hit. The event garnered close to 10,000 attendees over the course of the day, and the volume of people at our booth was overwhelming, but in the best way. Lesson learned: we need more than two people working at any future booth.