Puddle Jumpers Robotics is the first female and gender diverse robotics team in British Columbia, and one of few in Canada!
We built this team to create a safe space for women and other gender minorities to feel welcome in male-dominated STEM and robotics.
Our team’s main pursuit is the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), a worldwide challenge where teams are required to build a fully functioning robot in 10 weeks. We have to single-handedly design, engineer, code and test the robot while meeting the strict requirements and rules of the competition.
The fee to enter this competition is $5000 USD, and with little funding from our inner-city school, we have to resort to external sponsors. Every year we also need to purchase parts, equipment, uniforms and fund a round trip to Victoria, BC, for all our participants.
Our goal is to ensure that every participant does not need to pay a single cent to be a part of our team. Robotics is for anyone and everyone, not just those who can afford it.