Theresa Richards

Terry, a mentor for Girls of Steel Robotics since 2010 and FIRST® Robotics Program Coordinator at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) since 2012, served seven years at The Ellis School where she integrated robotics in the classroom using the Hummingbird robotics kit. Experience with girls in all-girl environments, where all the leaders are girls, has provided a platform for her to observe effective ways to develop young leaders in STEM.

Terry served seven years as an upper school science teacher at The Ellis School (2006-2013) where she integrated robotics using the Hummingbird robotics kit in a Human Anatomy and Physiology course, and she has taught a related summer camp at Carnegie Mellon University called “Anatomy and Robotics” since 2013. Since 2010 Terry has been a mentor for the Girls of Steel robotics team (FRC 3504) and since 2012 she has been the FIRST® Robotics Program Coordinator at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). Leading the Girls of Steel team’s FIRST LEGO League (FLL) program, she offers summer camp and team experiences for the high school girls to mentor middle school boys and girls in all aspects of FLL skills – research, robot, and core values. Her honors and awards include: DATA finalist for “The Robot Arm Lab”, FIRST mentor at the US Air Force Leadership Workshop, STEMIE McGraw-Hill finalist, International Teacher Scientist Partnership Conference Travel award, and a 2015 National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Educator Award.

A participant and presenter at the STEM Think Tank and Conference in Nashville, TN for several years and a contributor on, Terry co-presented the following session at the International Society for Technology in Education Conference and Expo (ISTE) 2016: “Learning Occurs Everywhere: Use Digital Badges to Document, Reward, and Motivate.” Terry, the mother of 3 adult children – Andrew, of San Francisco, Laura, of Burlington, VT, and Claire, a 2016 Cornell University graduate – has a B.S. in Chemistry (Simmons College) and a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences/Biochemistry (CMU).


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