We created Girls’ Generation in 2010 to emphasize and expand the engineering opportunities FIRST offers for young women around the world. We ran Girls’ Generation until 2018 when FRC Team 1425 Error Code Xero, took over the event. In 2012 FRC Team 2046, Bear Metal expanded Girls' Generation to Washington hosting their own version of the event in Seattle.
In the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) – often called “The Varsity Sport for the Mind” or “The Superbowl of Smarts” – you don’t always see all-male teams out on the playing field while the girls cheer from the sidelines. No, by the field you’ll also find boys waving pom-poms and just as behind the driver station glass you’ll find girls with their hair pulled back, hands on the joysticks, safety goggles donned. If you look in the pits of a competition venue, girls are working frantically around their robots, sleeves rolled up and covered in grease. You’ll find girls and their mentors hooking up electronics, tightening chains, switching out wheels, plugging in pneumatics, testing software. FIRST ladies are everywhere, and they know what they’re doing. No boys allowed (except in an emergency.)
Local girls gain the engineering spotlight by taking over all technical roles on their teams for an exciting day of scrimmaging. In 2016 year over 130 girls from 22 FRC teams participated.
During Girls' Generation, the girls are the drive team, pit crew, and all the other roles on the team. Through it, girls, who are traditionally less likely to go into STEM fields, gain enthusiasm and confidence that lasts throughout the season and beyond.
Girls' Generation uses last year's FRC competition robot, so no new construction is necessary.