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Essential Pittsburgh: A Girl and Her Robot: Prepping Young Women for STEM Jobs

Ryan Loew
90.5 WESA
Team member Kyra Halbert-Elliot works on testing new wheels on a robot.

Encouraging women to enter the STEM fields may not be a matter of how, but when. As part of WESA’s Life of Learning initiative, guest host Andy Conte of the Tribune Review talks with Theresa Richards, who is CMU’s FIRST  (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Program Coordinator, about mentoring young girls in STEM fields. Also taking part in the conversation is 9th grader Lauren Scheller-Wolf, a past participant on the Girls of Steel robotics competition team.

Scheller-Wolf encourages young students to be a part of Girls of Steel:

“It’s an amazing opportunity. You will learn so much, but it’s the kind of learning that is so fun you don’t realize you’re learning anything.” -Lauren Scheller-Wolf

Also in the program, historian John Brewer takes us on a photo tour of black life in America from the Pittsburgh Courier, and Robert Miles is making life a little easier with a downtown concierge service. 

Worth A Thousand Words (starts at 19:15)

If a picture is worth a thousand words, the photos housed within the Pittsburgh Coliseum in Homewood speak volumes. Discovered by author and historian John Brewer, the photos -- which were part of a collection of the Pittsburgh Courier -- highlight decades of black life in America. We’ll address the importance of the archive and how he’s attempting to preserve it. 

At Your Service (starts at 36:22)

Need to put together a wedding on short notice or advice on entertaining out of town guests? Downtown Concierge Services owner Robert Miles is your go-to guy in Pittsburgh. We’ll meet him and discover why more businesses are utilizing his services.

More Essential Pittsburgh segments can be found here