All-girl TigerBots team wins robotics competition at Menlo School


The TigerBots all-girl robotics team, made up of students from Notre Dame High School in Belmont, won the FIRST Robotics NORCAL Qualifier tournament at Menlo School in Atherton on Dec. 6.

Team captain Serena Grown-Haeberli, who attended the German-American International School in Menlo Park through eighth-grade, won the "Dean's List Award" (named for Dean Kamen, FIRST Robotics founder and Segway inventor) in April and was featured in the video introducing the game challenge.

Serena leads both the all-girls Notre Dame Belmont TigerBots, which she founded three years ago, and the mainly boys Junipero Serra High School "SWAT" Robotics team, which she joined as a freshman but found lacking in girls.

Because Menlo School hosted the competition, its team will also advance to the FIRST Robotics NORCAL Regional Championships.

There are 16 girls on the TigerBots team. Team members use tools, build robots, do electronics work, program in Java and do computer-aided design. They also do business and marketing tasks to support the team. Experienced members teach rookies their skills. The team is in its third season and was founded by two girls, Serena Grown-Haeberli and Kate Moley, in their sophomore year.

Tracey Grown is the volunteer coach.

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