Transcript: Fighting gender inequality with robots | Mar 22, 2019

Fast clips show women working on robots. They wear red T-shirts that read "Machine Mavericks."

Jeyan narrates AFTER SIX INTENSIVE
WEEKS, TEAM 748 THE MACHINE
MAVERICKS MADE ITS DEBUT ON THE
ROBOTICS COMPETITION SCENE.
THE TEAM WAS PUT TOGETHER IN
LATE 2018 BY OLIVIA O'DRISCOLL
AND ELLA HSU AND THEY'VE BEEN
PREPARING FOR MONTHS FOR THIS
MOMENT.

A banner reads "First Robotics Competition."
A crowd cheers and claps.
The Machine Mavericks push their robot towards the playing field. The robot resembles a metal rack on wheels, with several electrical devices mounted onto it.

Jeyan narrates THE FIRST ROBOTICS COMPETITION.
EVERY DAY AFTER SCHOOL FOR
SEVERAL WEEKS THE TEAM HAS BEEN
WORKING OUT OF THEIR DEDICATED
MACHINE SHOP IN KINGSTON.
THE ROBOTS WEIGH ABOUT 120
POUNDS AND STUDENTS USE SKILLS
IN ENGINEERING, CODING AND
DESIGN TO COMPLETE TASKS ON THE
PLAYING FIELD.

A person operates two joysticks.

An announcer says THREE, TWO, ONE, GO!

Three robots roll into the smooth black playing field.

In an interview, Olivia speaks. She's in her twenties, with long brown hair in a ponytail and glasses.

A caption reads "Olivia O'Driscoll. Machine Mavericks."

Olivia says SO THERE'S ABOUT 80
QUALIFYING MATCHES AND WE'LL BE
COMPETING IN PROBABLY AROUND 20.
AND IN THESE MATCHES WE GET PUT
WITH TWO OTHER TEAMS.
WE DON'T KNOW WHO THEY ARE AND
THEY CHANGE EVERY MATCH.
WE HAVE TO ADAPT AND WORK
TOGETHER WITH THEM.

A clean-shaven man in his fifties, with short gray hair, says THE ROBOT HAS A NUMBER OF
TASKS.
THEY HAVE TO PUT THE COVERS OVER
HOLES AND THE HOLES PREVENT THE
BALLS FROM FALLING OUT AND THEY
HAVE TO PUT THE BALLS BEHIND
THESE HOLES TO SCORE POINTS.

Fast clips show robots moving balls around the playing field.

Jeyan narrates FOR THEIR FIRST
COMPETITION, THE TEAM CRAMMED
THEIR ROBOT AND PARTS OF THEIR
WORKSHOP INTO A TRUCK AND DROVE
DOWN FROM KINGSTON TO HUMBER
COLLEGE IN TORONTO.
THERE ARE A LOT OF FIRSTS FOR
SOME MEMBERS OF THE MACHINE
MAVERICKS.

The man in his fifties appears.

A caption reads "Ted Hsu."

Ted says SO WE HAVE STARTED WITH
SOME KIDS WHO NEVER USED A POWER
DRILL AND NOW THEY ARE WORKING
ON THE MILLING MACHINE AND THE
LATHE MAKING PARTS OUT OF ALUMINUM.

A Machine Mavericks member talks.
A caption reads "Namirah Quadir."

Namirah says I ALSO LEARNED OTHER
SKILLS LIKE SOLDERING, FOR
EXAMPLE, I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT THAT
WORD MEANT JUST 3 MONTHS AGO.
I LEARNED MACHINING, I LEARNED A
BIT OF PROGRAMMING AND I LEARNED
TO WORK ON A TEAM, WHICH IS AN
INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT SKILL.

Jeyan narrates ELLA'S FATHER TED TSU
IS ONE OF THE MENTORS ON MACHINE
MAVERICKS.
THEY ARE ONE OF 173 TEAMS IN
ONTARIO.
SUCCESS IN TOURNAMENTS LIKE THIS
MEANS A TRIP TO THE PROVINCIALS,
AND THEN THE CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND.
WHILE TSU HOPES THE TEAM WILL DO
WELL, THEY'RE ON ANOTHER
MISSION, THE SCIENCE,
TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND
MATH ALS KNOWN AS STEM.

Ted says THAT MEANS WE'RE
EMPHASIZING GENDER PARITY IN
STEM. WE WANT YOUNG MEN AND
WOMEN TO LEARN HOW TO WORK
TOGETHER WELL.

Fast clips show Ella, Olivia and Namirah talking and working on their robot.

A caption reads "Ella Hsu."

Ella says YOU HEAR LOTS OF THINGS
ABOUT ALL-GIRLS TEAMS, ALL-GIRLS
THIS AND ALL-GIRLS THAT.
BUT IN REALITY WHEN YOU GROW UP
AND INTO THE WORKFORCE,
ESPECIALLY IN STEM, YOU CAN'T
FIND AN ALL-GIRLS CORPORATION.

Jeyan narrates THE TEAM IS COMPRISED
OF 14 MEMBERS FROM 4 DIFFERENT
HIGH SCHOOLS IN THE AREA,
11 OF WHOM ARE WOMEN.
TO HELP SPREAD THEIR MESSAGE,
THE TEAM IS OPENLY SHARING THEIR
SECRETS TO SUCCESS.

Olivia says WE HAVE THESE
HANDOUTS WE'RE GIVING OUT
WHICH ARE ABOUT HOW DO YOU
PROMOTE DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
ON FIRST ROBOTICS COMPETITIONS
TEAMS AND YOU HOPE TEAMS CAN
TAKE THAT AND LEARN FROM IT AND
PUSH THEIR TEAM TO PROGRESS FOR
BEING MORE FEMALE.

Jeyan narrates AS THEIR NAME SUGGESTS
THE MACHINE MAVERICKS ARE HOPING
TO LEAD THE CHARGE IN STEM,
ALONG WITH DEVELOPING THEIR
SKILLS AS MACHINISTS, THEY
AIM TO MAKE GENDER PARITY A
FOCUS AT COMPETITIONS, BRINGING
EQUITY TO AN INDUSTRY THAT'S
BEEN ONE-SIDED FOR FAR TOO LONG.

Ted says A SUCCESSFUL TECHNOLOGY
ENTERPRISE IS REALLY A HUMAN
ENTERPRISE, AND IT INVOLVES A
LOT OF PEOPLE LEARNING TO WORK
TOGETHER.

A caption appears on screen. It reads "Ontario Hubs Field Producer, Jeyan Jeganathan, @JeyanTVO. Editor, David Erwin."

An animated slate reads "Ontario Hubs. Ontario Hubs are made possible by The Barry and Laurie Green Family Charitable Trust and Goldie Feldman."

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