"I wanted to be the person that I wish I'd had growing up saying, 'you can be a programmer, you can be an engineer'"
-Eli Arnold, Founder of SiS
Natalie Foster is a current high school senior at Saguaro in Scottsdale, Arizona. She is the president of the school’s FRC robotics club and has been a member of the team since her freshman year. During her time on the team, she has served as an outreach representative as well as a lead engineer. Through her involvement with Sabercat Robotics, she was introduced to Sisters in STEM. Natalie has been the director of Sisters in STEM since the fall of 2020, overseeing the initiative’s online transition during the pandemic. She is a founder of the SiS virtual First Friday events, which engages students in STEM every month. She is also a founder of the spin-off program CyberSIS, launched in the Spring of 2020. Natalie plans to attend Arizona State University in the fall of 2022.
Zoë Dailey is a current junior at Saguaro High School, serving as Sisters in STEM’s activity coordinator since winter 2020. Within a month of joining Sisters in STEM, Zoë created the content for and helped organize an online annual event with over 150 students in attendance. The success of this event, despite the challenges brought by the pandemic, allowed for the creation of the First Fridays events, of which Zoë is a founder and continues to direct content and assist in event coordination. Zoë joined Sabercat Robotics in fall 2020, and since has risen to the role of VEX’s lead programmer; is the president-elect of Saguaro’s Math and Science Academy; and is actively involved in other STEM-related activities, clubs, and competitions, including Science Olympiad and HOSA. Zoë is also a NCWIT state award recipient and is now pursuing a research project with Arizona State University’s Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology with Kritin Mandala.
Kritin Mandala is currently a junior at Saguaro High School in Scottsdale, AZ. His interest in engineering education began when he attended the first Sisters in STEM (SiS) event as a student in 2018. Since then he has become a team leader in Saguaro’s FRC robotics club and Sisters in STEM initiative. Kritin is a co-founder of Saguaro’s CyberSiS program which is an offshoot of SiS that aims to teach students in grades K-6 about cybersecurity. He is also leading a team of highschool students in writing, illustrating, and publishing an innovative children’s book series focused on STEM and cooperative principles. Kritin is now pursuing a research project with Arizona State University’s Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology with Zoë Dailey.
Jake Weiss is a current sophomore at Saguaro High School. Jake is the president of the Saguaro CyberPatriot Competitive Club, which arose as a spin-off of Sisters in STEM in Spring 2020. The club competes in national cybersecurity competitions, learning and teaching others to be safe on the Internet in the process. Jake is also a programmer on the Saguaro FRC Robotics Team, as well as a content creator for Sisters in STEM.
Graduation Year: 2019
Time in Sabercat Robotics: Eli was a four year member and returns regularly to mentor. While on the team, Eli was the Chief Software Engineer for two years, and is extremely knowledgeable in several programming languages.
High School Accomplishment: In addition to graduating high school from Saguaro's Math and Science Academy with Distinction, she participated heavily in the fine arts. The fine arts are a big part of her life- she was the technical director for the choir program, a member of Tri-M Music Honor Society as well as Thespian National Honors Society, and the President of Saguaro's Swing Dance Club.
Where is She Now? Now, Eli is a full-time student at ASU Barrett, the Honors College, Majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Organ performance. She is also a member of both Society of Women Engineers and Women in Computer Science.
Graduation Year: 2020
Time in Sabercat Robotics: Kayli was an officer on the team since first joining, earning the only freshman Robotics Varsity Letter her year. Kayli was Safety Captain for three years, Head of Marketing and Chairman's in 11th grade, and both President and Director of Public Relations in 12th grade. In 2019, she was the Tournament Director for the Scottsdale FIRST LEGO League Qualifier. Kayli was the first Scottsdale Unified School District student to be recognized as a FIRST Robotics Competition Dean's List Finalist.
High School Accomplishments: Kayli was a member of the Visions art program at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art and a Varsity volleyball player at Saguaro. She graduated from the Scottsdale Math and Science Academy with Distinction and from Saguaro as one of Saguaro's three Valedictorians her year. Because of her work on Sisters in STEM, Kayli was recognized as one of Junior Achievement's 2020 Arizona 18 Under 18 award recipients.
Where is she now? Kayli is attending Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. She is majoring in Human Factors Engineering and studying education and studio art.
Graduation Year: 2019
Time in Sabercat Robotics: Laney was a member of FIRST Robotics Competition all four years of high school. She was the team’s Safety Captain during her freshman and sophomore years and then transitioned to the business team as the Director of Public Relations for two years. For 2017 and 2018, Laney was the Tournament Director for the Scottsdale FIRST LEGO League Qualifier, and before that organized the team to mentor FLL teams across the Scottsdale Unified School District.
Accomplishments in High School: During her time at Saguaro, Laney was a dedicated member of choir, swing dance club, and was inducted into the International Thespian Honors Society.
Where is She Now? Laney is currently following her passion for working with students and getting a degree in education. Because of her love of outreach and STEM, Laney will continue to be involved in SiS and FIRST for many years to come.
Sabercat Robotics is a FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team based out of Saguaro High School in Scottsdale.
Each year in early January, FRC teams receive a new game and have between 6 and 8 weeks to design, manufacture, program, and practice with a robot. Using Solidworks, our chosen CAD software, we design a robot. Afterward, pieces are manufactured through laser cutting, 3-D printing, CNC machining, or by hand. Once the robot is complete, Sabercat Robotics uses Java to program it. By competition, the robot is ready!
On top of building a robot each year, the team focuses greatly on outreach, which is visible through initiatives like the development of SiS, the annual organization of the FIRST Lego League Qualifier at Mohave Middle School, and countless hours volunteering at events, parades, school activities, and more.
FIRST Robotics Competition is meant to inspire students to continue in STEM fields, and we truly take that on! Sabercat Robotics' goal is to be able to reach our next generation early so that STEM is something that they can see as attainable for their futures.
In 2020, despite COVID-19, Sabercat Robotics won the FIRST Robotics Competition Chairman's Award for the Arizona West regional. This award recognizes outreach and a focus on community, which Sabercat Robotics commits to with initiatives such as Sisters in STEM.
Andromeda- 2018/2019 Robot
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