The Fe Maidens is an all-girls FIRST FRC robotics team from the Bronx High School of Science in Bronx, NY. Team 2265 was founded in December 2006 in an effort to encourage girls to explore and pursue STEM fields.
Programming has finished their drive code, as well as the camera vision code. Electronics has also finished their dummy board, and have also tested various pistons that we will be using on our robot. We have also made excellent progress with our prototyping! For our hatch intake, we experimented with using an umbrella, as well as an arm and a spring.
We also have successfully tested our climbing mechanism on last year’s robot, and we are able to reach the 6” platform!
Our cargo intake is also working amazingly, and here is a video of its prototype in action! See the video here!
Today was our first meeting with our rookies for the year! We were all very excited, and as an icebreaker, did the Marshmallow Challenge!Rookies and veterans were grouped off, and had to construct a structure made out of spaghetti, duct tape, and string that could support a marshmallow. Our members were very creative with their approach to the challenge, such as forming the spaghetti into triangle shapes! Other groups experimented to see which design would best complete the task.Overall, we had a very fun time, and cannot wait to work with the newest members of our team!
Last weekend, the Fe Maidens competed at the 2018 New York City Regional at The Armory Track and Field Center. At the regional, we competed against fifty other FIRST robotics teams from all over the world.
The Fe Maidens were awarded the Engineering Inspiration Award, one of the most prestigious awards at FIRST, which celebrates outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering within a team’s school or organization and community.
The Fe Maidens were noted for their continuous efforts in both local and international outreach whether through programs such as EveryGirl Robotics here in NYC or mentoring FLL, FTC, and FRC teams in Brazil, China, and Israel. Programs such as EveryGirl Robotics and local volunteering at community centers to foster interest in STEM among NYC youth demonstrate the extent of our team’s efforts to continue to legacy of FIRST and have a direct impact on our community. Our team’s impact stretches beyond borders as members of our team taught english and helped disabled children in Japan and Taiwan to mentoring FLL and FRC teams in Brazil and Israel. Our extensive publicity through three different internationally and nationally-aired documentaries about our team, including a PBS docu-series, and being featured in major news outlets such as Forbes, The Today Show, TeenVogue, Cosmopolitan, and more also contributed to us receiving the Engineering Inspiration Award.
Now, the Fe Maidens are set for World Championships in Detroit, Michigan from April 25-28. We’re really looking forward for the opportunity to meet teams from all over the world and compete again!