Our Jumpstart Fellowship Program was created to provide opportunities for diverse Massachusetts high school girls to learn about careers in robotics, expose them to technical skills and develop their professional networks through direct engagement with industry professionals. The curriculum exposed young women to the many technical skills in areas that are included in the robotics industry, from programming to design and simulation, to hands-on building, prototyping, and testing. The program also included a summer internship where the girls were given the opportunity to work and use the skills they learned.
Our pilot program included 8 high school girls from Boston, Revere, Jamaica Plain, Charlestown, Everett, Roslindale, Cambridge and Dorchester. These girls were selected through an application and interview process.
The program began meeting regularly during the April 2021 school vacation week and continued May thru June every Saturday. Highlights from the program included:
- Building a Robotic Hand
- Learning to use power tools
- 3D printing
- Field trips to participating fellowship companies
We held an event at the end of June to celebrate the completion of the curriculum portion of the program, award students their stipends for completing the session, and wish them well as they began their internships with GreenSight, Autonodyne, Activ Surgical and Lightspeed Manufacturing.
Carolyn Kirk, Executive Director, MA Tech Collaborative, congratulates the Jumpstart Cohort1 students and provides stipends for completing the program.
MassRobotics Girls Jumpstart Cohort 1 Students – 2021
As with any pilot program, there were many lessons learned – we are incorporating feedback from both students and employers and updating our curriculum and programming. We will be opening applications for the Jumpstart Girls Cohort 2 on Sept 1 and plan to double the number of students in the program. Applications will be due mid-October. Stay tuned! We will be announcing information session dates and providing application link shortly.
Many thanks to our program supporters:
- The Boston Foundation for funding to support program design and curriculum map
- Dassault Systèmes’ La Fondation for funding the execution of the program
- Mass Tech Collaborative for a grant supporting the student stipends
- GreenSight, Lightspeed, SolidWorks and MathWorks for program curriculum and execution support
- Autonodyne, Activ Surgical, Lightspeed and GreenSight for hosting student fellows
Interning at Autonodyne Interning at GreenSight