Local High School Students Brings Robotics Opportunities to Others at the Ragsdale YMCA
Ragsdale High School senior, Amelia Irvin, has been awarded a grant from the National Center of Women in IT (NCWIT) as the Leader of her innovative program “Robots on the Run – Jamestown.” Amelia applied in August with the support of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Greensboro Branch which functions as the NCWIT Program Partner and fiscal agent. The $3000 will be used to offer the program at the Ragsdale YMCA starting in January for 5th-8th grade girls.
Sue Metz, AAUW member, will be the organization’s mentor for Amelia and liaison with Kevin Bottomley, Ragsdale YMCA Executive Director. The NCWIT registration portal and detailed information is available upon request on email from parent/guardians at AAUWGreensboro@gmail.com .
“Robots on the Run” Leader Amelia Irvin has been recognized by NCWIT previously, most recently with a 2019 National Honorable Mention Aspirations in Computing award. Her interest in technology dates back to her years at Jamestown Elementary and Jamestown Middle School.
She was involved in Girl Scout STEM programs from the age of ten and earned her Gold Award earlier this year. Starting in the 6th grade, she attended Triad Tech Savvy and IT Is For Girls, AAUW programs offered at UNCG. She created a Sphero table top robotics program presented at UNCG’s Science Everywhere 2019. While time permitted, she was a dedicated member of “Girls on Fire” FIRST Robotics team.
Amelia is passionate about sharing her perspective with her peers, and she presented her research on why so few women are employed in technology and engineering at the AAUW Find Your STEM Conference at the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering in February 2019.
In high school, she not only attends Ragsdale High and is a recipient of the The President’s Volunteer Service Award, but has commuted to Weaver Academy for the Advanced Technology program. She has received certifications as a Microsoft Technology Associate and Microsoft Office Specialist. She has been taking lessons at Piedmont Flight Training for several years, accomplished her solo flight in August, and continues to work toward her private pilot’s license.