The Missfits began in 2016 with the goal to spread STEM education to girls throughout San Francisco.
FIRST* Robotics Competition Team 6418: The Missfits is an all-female robotics team based in San Francisco, California. We design and build a fully functioning robot and compete against other teams in FRC (FIRST Robotics Competitions), the “major league” of high school robotics. Our goal is to introduce female youth to engineering and technology. Globally, only 14% of engineers are women, and we want to help increase that percentage. The team is open to all girls attending high school in the SF Bay Area.
Our mission is simple: To inspire girls around our city to discover that they can do and be whatever they want; the stars are the limit!
Footage from our soldering workshop hosted on November 19, 2016. We taught our
members how to solder, use a drill press, and the importance of zip ties. Our members made
Missfits signs out of aluminum sheet metal and zip ties.
Although options for participation in STEM activities in high school are expanding, girls find these majority-male environments overwhelming, with girls often encouraged to take on administrative rather than technical roles.
On our team, it’s different. Our all-female team designs the robot, builds it, and competes in regional and national FRC Robotics competitions. Along the way, we learn engineering skills such as CAD, electronic design, machining, programming, and project management. We want to ensure all team members are given the chance to learn while also having a blast! Team members come from a wide range of San Francisco public and private high schools.
Outside of competitions, we focus on introducing youth in San Francisco to STEM. Early exposure allows interest to be nurtured through middle school, preparing students for more advanced high school activities.
We also want to help make our community a better place by giving opportunities to those who may lack them. Through our robot demonstrations and hands-on workshops in underserved communities, we aim for that “WOW” moment where a 12-year old girl discovers that science and engineering is her passion too!
Thanks to our sponsors!
*About FIRST: The mission of FIRST is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting Mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. For more information, see www.firstinspires.org/robotics/frc