These are the Women in Tech

A few weeks back a well done infographic came out highlighting the gender gap with girls in science and engineering. While true and disheartening, Bots High highlights the little number – the small percentage of girls who study science in high school, build robots, and go off to major in engineering at MIT or Duke. Hopefully as more girls see other girls building robots, they’ll realize they can do it too. So using some of the statistics, and finding some gems in old films, I put together some videos highlighting these statistics and countering it with footage of girls in action in Bots High. The three are below. I hope you enjoy. “Let’s Eliminate the Girls” – Women in Engineering The Future 3 Women Engineers These are the Girls Who Major in Science Sources Getting Acquainted with Engineering...

Follow the History of the Teams in Bots High

Bots High takes place over the 2009-2010 school year.¬†Unsurprisingly, the teams had a history before and after the time the film takes place (2011 Epilogue now in the DVD!). So to expand the scope and add some cool context and backstory to the Oct 6 screening day, I’ve been tracing the history of each team in the film each week in the newsletter. So far we’ve heard about how Will from Ransom first built a robot in 6th grade, went up against a senior team, and won. Just now we explored freshman year of My Mechanical Romance’s Liz and Danielle, when they first get introduced to robotics. I’m using Storify to compile this narrative, and updating as I release new stories via newsletter. But the newsletter goes more in depth with longer anecdotal stories. So catch up and check out the history of the teams on the Storify page, and signup for the newsletter to get a weekly update about a team or robot in the film, leading up to October...

Girls in Robotics

One of the biggest elements in Bots High is featuring girls build robots and involved in fields that statistically you don’t usually see them in – science and engineering. Two of the three featured teams are all-girls teams (My Mechanical Romance and Mechanical Misfits), and girls play important roles on the other teams as well. This Short Bit is a clip straight from the film, featuring young girls starting to build robots and Elizabeth and Danielle’s experience in competing at national competitions and being one of the few girls there. It also explains the importance of...

Elizabeth: “You’re a girl, you do BattleBots?” [Character Poster]

Above is one of four character posters from the film. I had a lot of fun putting these together. As you can see, they’re really simple and each features a favorite quote of mine that they say in the film. “You’re a girl, you do BattleBots? Do you even know what a motor is?” I made them for an ad campaign for an eBook I just released for another project (It’s on life hacking. Check it out here.). Stay tuned for the other three posters, or download the eBook and see them...