areas FLATE has been targeting to propel women towards STEM related professions. One of the many successful dissemination vehicles employed by FLATE is the robotics camps, particularly the All Girls Robotics Camp which historically kick starts camp season every year, and is targeted to capture the interest of Girls in STEM starting at the middle school level. “The camp has got me thinking” said Pankoe. “I now want to be a veterinarian and use technology to heal animals” she said ruminating upon her switch and new found interest in STEM and robotics.
students got a real-world view of what it takes to become a STEM professional and how that translates in a high-tech manufacturing setting. Campers got a taste of STEM-at-work during their visit to Publix Diary factory in Lakeland, FL. “It was interesting to see how machines and robots are programmed to work together in a production line” said Seerey . “Inever thought I’d like robotics and physical sciences, but now that I am doing it I really like it. I think I will keep doing it as it’s a lot of fun” said Seerey.
quality of the program as well as the enthusiasm of the girls at the camp” said Colette Glover-Hannah. In a follow-up email to FLATE’s camp director, Collette stated that the camp has helped her daughter, Elois who shared the video of her robot with her science teacher, to grow in the field of STEM. Ramona Smart-Smith another parent wrote saying that she is thankful her daughter, Jordana had the opportunity to attend the camp. “She is a hands-on learner and it helped her engage more with her peers and work together as a team to accomplish a project” wrote Ramona. She noted “the program was structured, informational and had great teachers who sparked her interest to work harder to create a satisfactory project.”
The State of Florida has the third largest population in country, with an official 2020 estimate of 21.5 million persons and approximately 58% of the population is in the civilian labor force (12,600,000).