Inmar-Sponsored Girls on Fire Robotics Team Recruiting New Members

Girls on Fire, the Triad’s first all-girl robotics team is recruiting new members to join this talented, spirited and driven group of young women.

Winston-Salem, NC August 17, 2015


Girls on Fire, the Triad's first all-girl robotics team is recruiting new members to join this talented, spirited and driven group of young women. An information session for high-school age girls will be held from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., August 25, at Inmar's headquarters (635 Vine Street, Winston-Salem, North Carolina). The team will compete again this year in the robotics competition, which is offered through the NC FIRST Program.

No prior experience or skillset is required - just positive energy and a desire to contribute their unique talent and passion within a team environment. While the NC FIRST Program promotes interest in science, technology, engineering and mathmatics (STEM), those interested in graphic design, marketing, language arts, and other disciplines are important to the team as well.

The robotics competition program is the premier engineering challenge for high school students. Teams of students, working closely with teachers and volunteer mentors, conceptualize, design, build, program, modify and test a robot to participate in a competition that changes each year.

"This is a wonderful opportunity for young women to work together, learn and contribute their strengths to accomplish an incredible goal," says Melissa Wittner, VP, Application Software Engineering, who serves as Executive Sponsor for Girls on Fire. "The sense of accomplishment they feel when they see their robot in action is very exciting and rewarding to experience for me as a women engineer," adds Wittner.

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