Teaching the importance of STEM education and technology innovation is a cause near and dear to the heart of RAD, and as the robotics industry continues to grow, this message becomes stronger. In line with this effort, RAD is sponsoring the ‘Coding Queens,’ an all-girl robotics team in their quest to become champions.

The Coding Queens – made up of Adalee Geiss, Gabriella Backus, Lily Placey, Maryan Malkosh, Riley Divel, and Sophia Mantucca, and led by Nona Reimer and Yazan Malkosh – are fifth-grade students from John S. Malcolm Elementary. The team is unique in that they were the youngest team to compete in the 2016 VEX IQ Regional event in December out of 23 teams, and their claw-bot, named “Zippy,” took first place in the Teamwork Skills Challenge.

The regional win qualified them to compete at the state level in the 2017 California State VEX IQ Elementary School Championship on Sunday, March 12, in Pomona, Calif.

“It’s so important to support young minds in STEM and robotics technology fields – and RAD is in a unique position to show these students the opportunities available in this field,” said Steve Reinharz, Founder and CEO, RAD. “RAD is excited to be a small part of the support network that this team has in place, and we hope more companies will emerge as strong proponents of students striving to be successful in the engineering, coding, STEM and robotics fields.”

The Coding Queens have another important job to do: they will name RAD’s new robot and learn how it works in the coming weeks.

Best of luck to the Coding Queens! We’ll be rooting for you!