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Technology for Girls

YWCA TechGYRLS Robotics

The YWCA TechGYRLS Program empowers young women ages 11-14 through education and exposure to robotics technology and promotes continued involvement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). This program makes it possible for girls to experience “hands-on” computer programming and physics, along with building and operating autonomous robots in an environment that promotes participation and learning.

We use the latest LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 Technology. We currently offer TechGYRLS Robotics as an after school program in five school districts: Greensburg Salem Middle School, Jeannette McKee Elementary,  Monessen Middle School, Ligonier Valley Middle School, and Yough Intermediate Middle School. All Robolabs conclude with a “Robo Expo” for the girls to demonstrate their working robots to friends and family. When the girls have completed Robolab I and Robolab II they have the opportunity to be part of a competition team sponsored by FIRST LEGO League (FLL®).

Our TechGYRLS after school program offers:

Robolab I

Introduction to object-oriented programming and building robots.

Robolab II

Builds on the skills learned in Robolab I. The girls are given specific challenges with specific tasks. This prepares them to be on the Challenge Team.

Challenge Team

Some of our schools compete in the FLL® (First Lego League) competition each year. The girls prepare for this in the Fall and the competition is the following year in January or February.

Summer Camps

We offer a one-week summer camp on our site at the YWCA, 424 N Main St, Greensburg, and our school sites.

For more information please contact us.

Congratulations to our YWCA Yough Middle School TechGYRLS for taking First Place in Mechanical Design in the FIRST LEGO® League 2018 “Into Orbit” Challenge at Altoona Area Junior High

2016 Western PA First Lego League Robotics Grand Championship

Yough Middle School YWCA TechGYRLS team took first place for FLL Core Values and  Inspiration.