ASU Women’s Robotics Team Wins 1st Nationally and 3rd Globally
Arizona State University’s women’s underwater autonomous robotics team placed number one in the country and third in the world for their participation in the RoboSub competition, recently held in San Diego.
Made up of 11 members through a partnership between ASU and the Si Se Puede Foundation to encourage diversity in engineering, the women designed, built and programmed a robot to perform tasks that emulate real-life military and environmental operations.
The women competed against 54 other teams to take the top U.S. spot. They ranked behind China and Russia internationally. This win is a feat for women and an inspiring moment for girls in a field that is usually dominated by men. The Society of Women Engineers reports 7.9% of college women major in engineering, math, science, statistics or computer science, with 32% switching from STEM programs. Only 32% of engineers are women.
The Realist Woman’s take:
I very much admire women who go into the STEM, science, technology, engineering and math fields. Not only are the STEM fields usually male-dominated, but they are also historically white. It’s so important to introduce robotics and computer science to people of color because not only do they excel in these fields when introduced, but they can make history and inspire an entire generation of girls.
To have these students place 1st nationally and 3rd globally is amazing, to say the least. I wanna be like them when I grow up.