Eastwood High to host STEM-themed ‘Girl Powered’ Event

The Eastwood High School Robotics Team will partner with Robotics Education Competition (REC) Foundation and VEX Robotics, Inc. to host the “Girl Powered” event at 9 a.m. Tuesday, October 11, at the Eastwood High School small gym (2430 McRae.)

More than 300 girls from across El Paso will participate in an array of engaging activities, speakers, and workshops to excite and further interest girls in competitive robotics, coinciding with the International Day of the Girl Child. Throughout the day, the participants will have the opportunity to hear from STEM organizations, participate in a leadership activity, and engage in a robotics speed-build activity.

“Eastwood Robotics is proud to support this great foundation,” said Raul Torres, Eastwood robotics coach. “Anything we can do to empower, inform, and engage more girls to pursue careers in STEM and robotics is worth doing,”

Girl Powered is an initiative to engage more young women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through competitive robotics. Annually, the REC Foundation presents a series of robotics engineering programs that engage students from elementary school through college in the classroom and at after-school competitions in hands-on technology challenges that build their interest in STEM.

“The REC Foundation is thrilled to announce Girl Powered in partnership with VEX Robotics to advance girls’ interest in STEM through competitive robotics,” said Jason Morrella, president of REC Foundation. “In business and in education, we know that our toughest challenges are best solved with a diversity of opinion. We all benefit by engaging more young women in competitive robotics as these students will become our future innovators and problem-solvers.”

More than 20,000 teams around the world are expected to compete this season in the VEX IQ Challenge, VEX Robotics Competition, and VEX U. Students have already begun designing, building, and programming robots to compete this season at more than 1,350 local, state, and regional competition events, which culminate in the VEX Robotics World Championship in April.

“The Girl Powered initiative aligns perfectly with the inclusive values on which VEX Robotics was founded,” commented Paul Copioli, president of VEX Robotics, Inc. “This program is a natural extension of where our company is headed and will help ensure everyone has the opportunity to experience the potential of STEM taught through the excitement of robotics.”