Spreading stem to girls since 2016

The Missfits began in 2016 with the goal to spread STEM education to girls throughout San Francisco.

FIRST Robotics Competition Team 6418: The Missfits is an all-female robotics team based in San Francisco, California. We design and build a fully functioning robot and compete against other teams in FRC (FIRST Robotics Competitions), the "major league" of high school robotics. Our goal is to introduce female youth to engineering and technology. Globally, only 14% of engineers are  women, and we want to help increase that percentage. The team is open to all girls attending high school in the SF Bay Area.

Our mission is simple: to inspire girls around our city to discover that they can do and be whatever they want; the stars are the limit!

 

About FIRST: The mission of FIRST is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting Mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. For more information, see www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc

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San Francisco's first and only girls robotics team!

 Although options for participation in STEM activities in high school are expanding, girls find these majority-male environments overwhelming, with girls often encouraged to take on administrative rather than technical roles.

On our team, it's different. Our all-female team designs the robot, builds it, and competes in regional and national FRC Robotics competitions. Along the way, we learn engineering skills such as CAD, electronic design, machining, programming, and project management. We want to ensure all team members are given the chance to learn while also having a blast! Team members come from a wide range of San Francisco public and private high schools.

Outside of competitions, we focus on introducing youth in San Francisco to STEM. Early exposure allows interest to be nurtured through middle school, preparing students for more advanced high school activities.

We also want to help make our community a better place by giving opportunities to those who may lack them. Through our robot demonstrations and hands-on workshops in underserved communities, we aim for that "WOW" moment where a 12-year old girl discovers that science and engineering is her passion too!

 

Contact us

If you are a San Francisco middle school class or club that would benefit from a robot workshop, please complete the contact form below and we will get in touch with you.

If you are a San Francisco high school girl interested in joining the team, please visit our Members page.

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missfits in the news

Check out the different news outlets that have featured the Missfits!


SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) --

Move over fellas, some young women in San Francisco are making waves in a field dominated by men -- robotics. They haven't been at it long, but they're already being noticed.

For the last several weeks, a team of engineers, coders and builders has been assembling Robot 6418. They are the Missfits, an all-girl team from five high schools across San Francisco. They had a strong performance at a critical Silicon Valley robotics competition earlier this month.....


City’s first all-girls robotics team takes on a male-dominated field by Jocelyn Xie

Jensen was able to recruit 22 high school girls from around the city to join the team by posting on social media, sending out massive amounts of emails, passing flyers around in the neighborhoods, and giving presentations at schools. With no previous experience required, the team aims to “create an open environment for girls to learn,” according to Jensen......


Freshman, juniors join citywide robotics team by Cece Giarman

Four students recently began a six-week journey to prepare for and take part in the San Francisco Regional Robotics Competition, as part of a citywide girls-only team.

“Some of our students have joined an all-girls team in San Francisco,”.......