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FIRST Robotics - Robots...The Next Generation

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Show 1205: FIRST Robotics - Robots...The Next Generation

Air date: January 29, 2012

 

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ROB MCCLENDON:  WELL IT MAY NOT COME AS A SURPRISE, BUT ACROSS THE UNITED STATES WOMEN ARE SEVERLY UNDER-REPRESENTED IN THE STEM FIELDS.  THOSE ARE THE JOBS IN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGIREERING, AND MATHMATICS, WHICH ARE ALL HIGH PAYING JOBS; YET, STRUGGLE TO ATTRACT FEMALES.  TODAY WE’RE GOING TO TAKE A LOOK AT THE ISSUE AND EXAMINE SOME WORK GOING ON IN SEARCH OF A SOLUTION.  AND WITH THAT, HERE’S OUR COURTEANY DEHOFF.

COURTENAY DEHOFF:  WELL DESPITE ACCOUNTING FOR NEARLY HALF OF THE WORKFORCE, WOMEN ONLY HOLD 25% OF STEM JOBS.  THIS LOW FIGURE MIRRORS THE SCENE ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES, WHERE WOMEN GRADUATE WITH ONLY 27% OF SCIENCE, MATH, AND ENGINEERING DEGREES; SOMETHING THAT AN INNOVATIVE PROGRAM UNDERWAY ACROSS THE STATE IS HOPING TO FIX, BY PEAKING YOUNG FEMALES INTERESTS IN ROBOTS.

THINGS ARE HECTIC AT FRANCIS TUTTLE.

BONNIE ARNOLD:  WE HAVE A SIX WEEK DEADLINE.

COURTENAY:  TO BUILD THE WHOLE THING?

BONNIE:  TO BUILD THE ENTIRE THING.

MALE VOICE:  OH YEAH, THE BLADES A BIT LOOSE.

COURTENAY:  WEEK ONE OF THE FIRST ROBOTICS COMPETITION.

BONNIE:  LIKE A REGULAR BASKETBALL TEAM THERE’S AN OFFENSE AND DEFENSE.

COURTENAY:  SIX WEEKS TO BUILD A ROBOT THAT CAN SHOOT HOOPS AND ROLL OVER BRIDGES

BONNIE:  I FEEL LIKE A KID AGAIN.

COURTENAY:  BUT SEEING GIRLS LIKE BONNIE ARNOLD AND JENNIFER GROKE ON THE TEAM ARE NOT ALL THAT COMMON.

BONNIE:  THERE’S ACTUALLY NOT THAT MANY; I THINK THERE MIGHT BE SIX.

FEMALE VOICE:  YEAH ABOUT SIX.

COURTENAY:  WHILE THE BOYS QUIETLY KEEP A WATCHFUL EYE THESE FUTURE FEMALE ENGINEERS AREN’T AFRAID TO TELL THEM HOW IT IS.

BONNIE:  BOYS CAN’T FIGURE OUT THE PROBLEM AND GIRLS CAN.  BECAUSE THEY WERE WORKING ON THIS YESTERDAY, AND THEY WERE ALL BOYS, AND NONE OF THEM THOUGHT OF THIS.

COLTON DANCER:  IT’S GREAT TO HAVE GIRLS ON THE TEAM JUST TO GET SOME MIXTURE UP.

COURTENAY:  IT’S A TYPICALLY MALE DOMNIATED FIELD, SAYS FELLOW ROBOTICS TEAM MEMBER COLTON DANCER.

COLTON:  THERE’S USUALLY, IT’S PRONE TO MORE GUYS I HAVE TO SAY, GENERALLY SPEAKING; BUT I DON’T THINK SO, I DON’T THINK IT SHOULD BE THAT WAY.

COURTENAY:  AND GIVEN THESE GIRLS GOALS, THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE NO PROBLEM PLAYING WITH THE BIG BOYS

BONNIE:  CHANGING OUR CULTURE AND BECOMING MORE INNOVATIVE.  I’M GONNA GO TO OSU AND HOPEFULLY GET A DEGREE IN STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING, SO.

JENNIFER:  YEAH MOST DEFINITELY GOING INTO ENGINEERING.

JENNIFER GROKE:  WHAT I USUALLY USE AS AN EXAMPLE IS HOW BIG OF AN IMPACT I WANT TO MAKE ON THE WORLD, IS LIKE HOW APPLE WAS ABLE TO CREATE THE IPHONE; WHICH IS COMPLETELY CHANGED THE WAY WE USE CELL PHONES, THE WAY WE VIEW CELL PHONES.

UH, THAT WON’T WORK.

COURTENAY:  AND LEAVE IT TO A WOMAN TO TELL IT LIKE IT IS.

BONNIE:  OH POOH.  THERE’S A GENERATION OUT THERE, THEY SAW THE LAUNCH OF AN AIRPLANE FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME, AND THEN MAN ON THE MOON.  THE ONLY THING, YOU KNOW, OUR GENERATION HAS SEEN, UM.

JENNIFER:  THE END OF THE US SENDING PEOPLE INTO SPACE?

BONNIE:  YEAH, THE END OF, YOU KNOW, THE SPACE RACE.  SO WE HAVEN’T SEEN ANYTHING, YOU KNOW, TRULY AMAZING.  IT’S OUR TURN TO SHINE AND SHOW THE WORLD WHAT WE GOT.

BRIAN KATZROW:  AND IT GIVES ‘EM A HEADSTART; THEY ALWAYS ARE THE ONES THAT ARE DOING THE TUTORING.

COURTENAY:  THEIR TEACHER BRIAN KATZROW KNOWS HOW IMPORTANT THE FIRST ROBOTICS PROGRAM WILL BE FOR THEIR FUTURES.

BRIAN:  IT GIVES ‘EM A CHANCE TO WORK WITH SOME OF THOSE PROGRAMS BEFORE THEY GET INTO COLLEGE.

JENNIFER:  IT’S JUST A GREAT OPPORTUNITY TO GET EXPERIENCE WITH ENGINEERING TO ACTUALLY GET TO BUILD SOMETHING.

BONNIE:  I THINK IT HELPED ME WITH OSU BECAUSE THEY, UH, I PUT IT ON MY RESUME AND THEY ACCEPTED ME WITHOUT EVEN HAVING A HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPT; SO, I THOUGHT THAT WAS PRETTY COOL.

COURTENAY:  AND PRETTY COOL IT IS; TWO GIRLS THAT WILL LEAVE THEIR MARK, AND HOPEFULLY HELP THE WORLD REALIZE THAT WOMEN REALLY DO MEASURE UP IN THE FIELD OF ENGINEERING.

BONNIE:  SOMEONE LOST IT; PROBABLY THE SOPHOMORES.

COURTENAY:  NOW THEIR ENTIRE ROBOT MUST BE COMPLETED IN SIX WEEKS TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE REGIONAL COMPETITION HELD AT THE COX ARENA IN OKLAHOMA CITY.  FIFTY-THREE TEAMS WILL DEBUT THEIR ROBOTS AT THE COMPETITION HELD THE LAST WEEKEND IN MARCH.

ROB:  AND WHAT HAPPENS AFTER REGIONALS FOR THESE BRIGHT YOUNG FOLKS?

COURTENAY:  WELL ROB, THERE ARE LOTS OF AWARDS UP FOR GRABS AT REGIONALS, INCLUDING AN ENGINEERING SPIRIT AWARD, THREE LOGO MOTION AWARDS, AND MANY OTHERS.  NOW ALL THE AWARD WINNERS WILL HEAD TO THE NATIONAL COMPETITION IN ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI.

ROB:  WELL CERTAINLY SOUNDS LIKE A LOT OF FUN, THANK YOU COURTENAY.

AND THE YOUNG LADIES DON’T HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL HIGH SCHOOL TO GET INVOLVED IN THE SCIENCES, WHEN WE COME BACK I’LL TAKE YOU TO OKLAHOMA’S FIRST LEGO LEAGUE.