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Mae Jemison

Mae Jemison is an enginner and former NASA astronaut. She became the first African American woman to travel to space on the Endeavor shuttle in 1992. She was also  a former physician and general practitioner. Jemison served in the Peace Corps (1983), implimented guidelines for health and safety issues and was a researcher for a variety of vaccines with the Center for Disease.

Carolyn Parker

Carolyn Parker was the first African-American woman known to have gained a postgraduate degree in physics, worked from 1943 to 1947 on the Dayton Project, the plutonium research and development arm of the Manhattan Project. She then became an assistant professor in physics at Fisk University. Parker earned two master's degrees, one in mathematics from the University of Michigan in 1941 and one in physics from MIT in 1951. 

Elijah McCoy

Elijah McCoy was born in Colchester, Ontario, Canada. His parents fled to Canada via the Underground Railroad. At the age of 15, he was sent to Edinburgh, Scotland for his interest in mechanics to pursue an education in mechanical engineering. When he returned, he was unable to find work as an engineer despite his qualifications. McCoy was able to use his engineering background to solve some of the common engine overheating problems in the locomotive industry. McCoy created the "oil-drip cup" which changed the railroad industry forever.

About Us

We are FIRST Robotics Competition team 5885, the Villanova Wiredcats. We are a team of highly motivated and dedicated individuals who are proficient in constructing a robot. Robotics is not only a science but also a design, construction, problem-solving, and applications of robots. However, a definition that can be found in the Oxford English dictionary cannot fully define the magic of this program.

Robotics is, as we like to think of it, the science where dreams come true; the Robotics program improves students' confidence, team building, and expands career choices. Their passion is amplified in a program far from sports and other activities that encourages all age groups, genders, and interests to come together, where everyone is considered equal from mentors to students. Students learn real-life skills, problem-solving, and how to tackle objectives by thinking inside and outside the box.  

This opportunity is far from just a competition, but a shaping of character, collaboration, and expansion of knowledge This just proves how powerful the study of science, engineering, and robotics has been to what we have set out to prove. 

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