This iD Tech alumna combined her love of technology with philanthropy to organize a robotics camp for
Haley gained tremendously from iD Tech Camps, building 21st century skills and learning about vital STEM subjects like robotics and programming. But instead of just moving on after camp to reap the benefits for herself, she was inspired to make sure others received the opportunity to do the same.
“I wanted to share my love of technology with younger kids to show them how much fun it could be, and that you can transform excitement for a hobby or interest into a career.”
So she created a camp to introduce young kids to STEM. The five-day program allowed for boys and girls to build and program robots, and then put those robots to the test via obstacle courses and other challenges. The camp was a hit—a huge accomplishment given Haley sacrificed more than 250 hours of her summer to make it a reality.
With her camp and other endeavors, Haley is striving for equality; to do what she can to ensure that students of all backgrounds are afforded access to technology and its value in preparing students with skills they need to succeed.
She’s also made it a mission to show that programming and robotics are fields not only reserved for the male gender. Haley wants girls to know that technology – and its many subjects – isn’t only cool, but so incredibly vital to long term successes in a large number of occupations.
“It is surprising how many females choose a different field of study because of the difficulties or judgments made by others. I am a major advocate for decreasing the gender gap! Lots of progress has been made, but we still have a ways to go!”
Her phrase to help motivate others? “Forget dolls, I play with robots!” It’s a saying plastered across shirts, and echoed across her all-girls robotics team. Her squad placed in the yearly FTC competition presented by FIRST robotics, with their robot being one of only a few equipped with an autonomous program—meaning the creation can act on its own, independent of a controller and instead responding to external stimuli.
Haley encourages other students to make the most of camp and meet new people from all walks of life, as you never know who the student next to you will grow up to be.
“Even YOU could be the next Steve Jobs!”
She credits iD with helping her connect not only with technology, but with other students as well. With new friendships and a collection of STEM skills to use in today’s tech world and to perform in jobs of tomorrow, Haley is thankful for her opportunity. She looks forward to paying it forward for the many youth following behind her.
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