TMLA is the only all-girls school with a Robotics Team in New York State. TMLA is one of only two all-girls teams in New York City.
As part of TMLA’s development of the robotics program and efforts to extend interest in the field of engineering, TMLA robotics team visited Columbia University’s esteemed Fu Foundation for Engineering Sciences. Robotics team members and TMLA physics students toured the Plasma Physics Lab and discussed the use of plasma as an alternative energy source for future power plants to generate, all of which was led by a MacArthur Genius Award recipient. The rest of the day included a tour of the campus and a visit from Mary Louis alumna, Dr. Melissa Begg, a Professor of Biostatistics at CUMC and Vice Provost for Educational Programs at Columbia.
TMLA Robotics Team has turned a fun team program into successful competition at the NYC FIRST Championships. TMLA has competed in six USFIRST Robotics Competitions, garnering a national first-place win in the New York City Regional Competition and has begun work for the e-NABLE foundation with 3D printing of a prosthetic hand to provide to a child that would benefit.
Team TMLA Members
Team TMLA includes young women from all 4 years. In 2018 Alexandra Chukhareva was the lead mentor for the team, assisted by Mr. Stephan Aguanno. The team has also been assisted full-time by Kathy Rutherford ’79 BEEE MS BME who in 2009 was the one who encouraged Mary Louis to begin this Robotics program. Together the students design, build, test, and program the robots, applying real-world math and science concepts, researching challenges facing today’s scientists, and learning critical thinking, team-building, and presentation skills for competitive tournaments.
For an understanding of the FIRST Robotics Competitions and their influence on bridging the gender gap in STEM fields, view this video.