Student Spotlight: FIRST Robotics Team the Lady Cans

Photo Courtesy of Lady Cans

Photo Courtesy of Lady Cans

Girl Scouts of Central Texas FIRST Robotics Team #2881, known as the Lady Cans, is a group of talented young women who year after year participate in the FIRST Robotics Competition. The troop is led by Girl Scout Mentor Susie Rich, an important role model for the girls on the importance of upholding the values of FIRST and Girl Scouts. As a team they exemplify the power of teamwork, organization, and commitment to excellence

The Lady Cans work hard both off season and during the building season. They commit three hours a week participating in STEM or FIRST related events during the off season. As the date gets closer to the Regional Competition, each team member is required to commit sixteen hours to discuss strategic plans for the competition of the robot, the entrepreneurship plan, and the chairman’s plan. The commitment of all its team members is testament to the close bond that Lady Cans share as a team but as companions.

Members of the Lady Cans Ariana Freitag, Claire Blakely, and Carly Smith recognize the importance of collaborating as a team. “Teamwork is extremely important in finishing our overall project. By working as a team, we get the opportunity to learn with our peers. Teamwork helps us learn from each other and finish our innovative product in a timely manner.”

The girls have become a support system for one another in a field that is primarily dominated by males. Participating in the Robotics Competition has helped them open their eyes to the possibility of pursuing a career in engineering or other STEM related fields. “FIRST has helped us pursue a career in engineering by not only educating us in STEM, but giving us the opportunity to experience everyday situations in the engineering world,” says Blaire Blakely.

The Lady Cans are a team with a drive for success, who are not afraid of the possibility of failure. Team member Carly Smith had this to say about the lessons they learned from participating in FIRST, “By being part of the FRC Team 2881 we are able to explore engineering concepts without the fear of failure; making mistakes helps us learn.”

For the Cans failure proved not to be an option this past spring when they scored a monumental win against a difficult opponent. “One of our fondest memories of being on this team was defeating a powerhouse team in the elimination rounds. It was amazing to see our hard work pay off, and see our product work successfully,” says Ariana Freitag.

Overall the team has created a new generation of strong, committed successful young women who are ready to take on the world. If you would like more information on Central Texas First Robotics visit