Women in Robotics

ada-lovelaceRobot Garden is committed to supporting women in robotics, and generally being a diverse and family friendly maker space, where everyone is welcome to play around with new technologies like robots, CNC machines, laser cutters and 3D printers. So, we’d like to share the recent “25 Women in Robotics you need to know about” list from our cofounder, Andra Keay.

Andra has been posting this list celebrating women’s achievements in robotics for four years now in conjunction with Ada Lovelace Day. Countess Ada Lovelace worked alongside Charles Babbage designing the world’s first computer in the early 1800s. Her contribution included developing the first computer program and also predicting the future ability of computers to manipulate any sort of symbols including text.

Ada Lovelace’s contribution was not celebrated during her life and sadly that hasn’t changed much. The number of women engaged in math, science, engineering and technology generally has continued to lag far behind. For example, fewer than 20% of computer science enrolments in US universities are women. Ada Lovelace Day was started not just to encourage women to take up STEM but also make visible the achievements of women who were already doing great things in technology. The ‘Women in Robotics’ lists reflect a wide range of role models at every career stage.

Andra has also launched a global Women in Robotics network as well. The network is for any women working in robotics, or interested in working in robotics. The goals are to promote the visibility of women in robotics, to share stories and support globally and to encourage women everywhere to have network events on a regular basis. An event doesn’t need to be large for it to be a success. Anywhere there is more than one woman, you can have a ‘women in robotics’ event. The first San Francisco Women in Robotics Happy Hour will be on November 1st.

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And if you’re interested in celebrating the Steampunk side of technology, we’re holding a workshop with Steamy Tech on Saturday November 5th to make a 2-Layer Desktop Toy as a Coaster. You can be the first to build one of these beautiful coasters. And since you’re doing it at a Robot Garden Steamy Tech Workshop, we’ll help you customize the acrylic or the top ring the way you want. $55 all materials included. (Minimum number of 6 RSVPs required for workshop to go ahead.)

And of course, join us for early Halloween on October 29. We’re having a community meeting at 10am, you can tour Robot Garden at 11am, or join our costume parade and ‘Monthly Maker Potluck’ at 12pm. Our aquaponics and agtech group is meeting at 1pm.

Create steampunk coasters

Saturday, Nov 5, 2016, 3:00 PM

Robot Garden
2324 Second Street Livermore, CA

1 Makers & Mechanics Attending

Join us and the Steamy Tech Crew to make a 2-Layer Desktop Toy as a Coaster. You can be the first to build one of these beautiful coasters. And since you’re doing it at a Robot Garden Steamy Tech Workshop, we’ll help you customize the acrylic or the top ring the way you want.$55 all materials included. (Minimum number of 6 RSVPs required for work…

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Women in Robotics Happy Hour

Tuesday, Nov 1, 2016, 6:00 PM

Modbot Lair
434 Pacific Ave San Francisco, CA

12 Roboticists & Friends Attending

Bonus! Kiki Jewell will be bringing her Tikitron cocktail robot to Happy Hour.A meetup for women working in robotics or who want to be.Hosted by our great mates Modbot – who are hiring. 🙂

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Monthly Robot Garden Community Meeting

Saturday, Oct 29, 2016, 10:00 AM

Robot Garden
170 S Livermore Ave. Livermore, CA

7 Makers & Mechanics Attending

All current members of Robot Garden are requested to participate in the March 2016 Community Meeting, Hangout available.  The goal is to better align leadership and the commuinty.:-)  Please send agenda topics to me ([masked]) by Close Of Business March 10th.  See you at The Garden Where Robots Grow!

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Annual Halloween Costume Parade & Maker’s Potluck

Saturday, Oct 29, 2016, 12:00 PM

Robot Garden
170 S Livermore Ave. Livermore, CA

5 Makers & Mechanics Attending

Come to Robot Garden for a delicious potluck and time to socialize with other makers.We will be presenting updates on Robot Garden’s development, new equipment, membership, and places to get more involved and help build Robot Garden.If you’re interested in giving a mini-presentation on your own projects, sign up when you RSVP.Robot delivery of f…

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Robot Garden: Aquaculture/Gardening Special Interest Group (SIG)

Saturday, Oct 29, 2016, 1:00 PM

Robot Garden
170 S Livermore Ave. Livermore, CA

4 Makers & Mechanics Attending

Please join us as we merge our aquaculture and gardening interest to provide Robot Garden an attractive courtyard to support community events.  Our goal will be to establish a self-sustaining eco-system to support experimentation & education activities for Robot Garden and our landlord The Switch.Look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

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