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First Person: High-School Robotics Leader

Photo caption: Grace Engleman (center) posing with the School for Entrepreneurship & Technol...

Photo credit: Elinor Weed

Grace Engleman (center) posing with the School for Entrepreneurship & Technology's all-girls robotics team, the ROARbots, in an undated photo. Engleman, 16, is the team's captain.

First Person: High-School Robotics Leader


Grace Engleman, team captain, ROARbots


Special Feature First Person

KPBS Midday Edition's First Person series tells the stories of average and not-so-average San Diegans in their own words. Their experiences, both universal and deeply personal, offer a unique lens into the news of the day.

Grace Engleman, 16, was the only girl on her high school’s freshman robotics team. So when a group of her classmates wanted to form an all-girls team last summer, she was the natural choice to lead.

“I think that women and girls a lot of times feel, well they feel they’re not as good at these types of things as boys are because a lot times boys use acronyms and talk like they know more than they actually do,” Engleman said. “And it makes them afraid to try new things sometimes. I’m not that way at all.”

Engleman is now captain of the School for Entrepreneurship & Technology’s ROARbots team. As part of our First Person series, she shares why it’s important for everyone to learn something about engineering.

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