How is Washburn School's robotic team, composed of talented girls, breaking world records in STEM related competitions ?
Washburn School and our students have true limitless potential. Last Saturday our robotic team (PINKY NERDS) composed only of females: Alanis G. Cubí, Valeria Colón, Alejandra Gómez and Rocío Quintana broke a world record on the biggest robotic competition for students of their age the world has to offer. Historically, girls have been hampered and discouraged to study and ponder STEM ( Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics) related fields. Washburn shows its potential for innovation as we encourage girls to explore these unfathomed fields for female students. Our girls just won a pass to the Robotic World Championship in Anaheim, California after winning recently the Latin American Championship. They displayed outstanding math, science, programming, and technological skills on Saturday.
Women are often discouraged from pursuing careers in Engineering, Mathematics and Technology. At Washburn, we understand how stereotype threats impact women and why they leave or avoid STEM fields, yet we strive for this trend to be reversed. Stereotype threat happens because our society tends to reinforce stereotypes, such as “women are not good at math.”
For many females, they encounter this stereotype in the world and often reflect upon it during stressful, anxiety-ridden situations, like when taking a test or giving a presentation.
Since Washburn is ultimately a small yet academically elite school, we can feel free to be innovative and to strive to be different. With the help of dedicated parents such as engineer Armando Cubí and staff, we have been able to help our female students break world records and strive to be the best, not only in Puerto Rico or Latin America but the world.