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School’s robotics team leads women’s program

About half a dozen girls from Mary Our Queen School’s robotics team Oct. 11 hosted a Girl Powered science and technology event in Omaha with the national Robotics Education & Competition Foundation.

Students from Guardian Angels Central Catholic School in West Point and St. Wenceslaus and Holy Cross schools in Omaha were among those who attended the event, which was held on Metropolitan Community College’s floor in Do Space, a technology library and digital workshop, said Tara Petersen, vice principal, science teacher and robotics head coach at Mary Our Queen.

Activities included sessions on leadership and robotics building, and a gathering of several women considered leaders in their fields, including Dr. Elizabeth Mulkerrin, director of education at Henry Doorly Zoo, Katie Rourke Gross of the National Weather Service and Brittney Bridger-Burton, a design engineer at Valmont Industries.

"We are trying to expose girls to careers in math and science," Petersen said. "The guest panelists were great."

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