This past July, Chicktech ran a weeklong robotics bootcamp for middle and high school girls across Oregon. Hosted at the PCC Rock Creek campus, the camp lasted 5 days and exposed the girls to a variety of activities that would cultivate their expertise in the robotics field. The purpose of this weeklong camp was to educate young women on the different aspects regarding FIRST Robotics. As these girls were ages 12-18, the camp was geared towards the middle school and high school FIRST programs, FTC (First Tech Challenge) and FRC (First Robotics Challenge).
At the beginning of the week, the girls were introduced to the basic concepts of each challenge. On top of this, a few teams from across the Portland area brought in their robots from past competitions. This allowed the girls to talk to some of the teammates about the program as well as practice driving robots. After that, the camp was split up into rotations in which each girl practiced a base skill. These skills included programming, learning about and using sensors, basic building, and 3D design and printing. Learning basic programming helped them grasp the main skills that would be needed in robotics as well as allow girls to explore their own interest in the subject.