|WHAT IS GIRLS GEN?
GIRLS GEN is an annual event designed to maximize female engagement with FIRST robotics and support Oregon’s next generation STEM workforce. In 2019, the hosting partners were FIRST Robotics Competition Team #1425, the West Linn-Wilsonville School District, and First Tech Federal Credit Union. GIRLS GEN is a critical program for both FIRST and ORTOP efforts to increase participation by underserved and underrepresented communities. Find more information about the event in the GIRLS GEN 2019 Flyer.
|EVENT DAY ACTIVITIES
Partners come together each year to present a vibrant day of activities such as:
WHY IS GIRLS GEN IMPORTANT?
Studies show a drop off in elementary and middle school for interest & participation in STEM career paths for female students. FIRST is proven to increase interest in STEM by participants, especially among girls. This effect is compounded when girls have female role models and have the opportunity to take on technical roles on teams. GIRLS GEN focuses on increasing opportunities for young women in Oregon to practice and demonstrate their skills in a day of fun competition.
HOW IS GIRLS GEN DIFFERENT FROM FIRST TOURNAMENTS?
While the event is a competition with awards, GIRLS GEN participants are all female in each competition role. Male counterparts participate in support roles for their female teammates for this event. This event is not a qualifying round for FIRST competitions, rather hosted by Oregon based partners to insure access and exposure to robotics competition.