Carnegie Mellon University
August 17, 2011

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon Looking for High School Girls Who Want To Build Robots, Win Competitions

Sept. 10 Open House Will Recruit "Girls of Steel" For 2011-12 Season

Contact: Byron Spice / 412-268-9068 /

Girls of SteelPITTSBURGH—The Girls of Steel, a team of young women that contends in the annual FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition, will host an information session for any high school girl in the Pittsburgh area who is interested in joining the team for the 2011-12 season.

The open house, which also welcomes family members, friends and potential sponsors, will be from 1 to 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 10 in room 2109 of the Gates and Hillman centers on the Carnegie Mellon University campus. Girls of Steel is sponsored by the Field Robotics Center, part of Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Institute.

Last season was the first for the all-girls team, which won All-Star Rookie awards at regional competitions in Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C., and competed at the international FIRST Championship in St. Louis. Those attending the open house will find out what it's like to be a team member and the many benefits of participating, as well as see robot demonstrations and exhibits.

For more information about the event or to learn more about the Girls of Steel, contact Patti Rote, robotics industry program director, at or 412-576-9742. You can find Girls of Steel on Facebook or on the Web at