The all-girls Marlbots team members celebrate after passing a robot inspection at the competition.

The Marlbots get ready to compete at the FIRST Western Regionals robotics competition.

SCE engineer Ana Hafiz prepared tools at the robot doctor station where teams went to fix last-minute issues with their robots.

Seventy-two teams from across the western U.S. competed in the Oakland robotics competition.

All-Girls Team Inspires at Robotics Competition

Edison International supports the regional FIRST robotics competition with a $50,000 grant.

  • By Justin Felles
  • March 30, 2016

Video Credit: Nic Roy, Joseph Foulk

Middle school and high school students brought their A-game to Oakland recently to compete in the FIRST Robotics Western Regional championship.

The Marlbots, an all-girls team from Marlborough High School in Los Angeles, competed against 72 teams from across the western U.S. For the Marlbots, competing in Oakland was more than just a robotics competition. They hoped to inspire girls to participate in STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) by sharing their love of robotics and 3-D printing.

Edison International supported the FIRST robotics competition with a contribution of $50,000 to help build awareness of the rewarding STEM careers available in the electric power industry.

Ana Hafiz, a Southern California Edison engineer, was on-hand to assist each team at a robot doctor station when they ran into problems. She participated as a featured speaker during the opening ceremonies.

Although the Marlbots were unable to advance to the world championship this April, the Charging Champions — a team from Irvine that received a $5,000 team grant from Edison International — narrowly beat out the competition and moved on.

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