Mankato East students proving females belong in S.T.E.M.

The seniors have been part of the Cougars’ VEX Robotics teams for six years now

Mankato East students proving females belong in S.T.E.M.

MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) - Deep inside the halls of Mankato East High School, three young girls are paving the way for others in S.T.E.M.

The seniors have been part of the Cougars’ VEX Robotics teams for six years now.

“I do remember the day, when Lauren came running up the stairs saying ‘let’s join Robotics,” Your Ex team member Kendyl Stuever said.

Robotics is all about constructing something from scratch to solve problems, attacking issues head-on and troubleshooting.

“Our team is called Your Ex,” Stuever explained.

The team has built a special bond, which they say makes their inevitable ‘goodbye’ even harder.

The seniors have been part of the Cougars' VEX Robotics teams for six years now.
The seniors have been part of the Cougars' VEX Robotics teams for six years now. (Source: Gage Cureton)

“It’s weird that this is our last year. Like we have spent six years doing this. You know, it is kind of weird that this is the end,” Your Ex team member Grace Morgan explained.

Those involved say the passion is clear when you see the team at work.

“Love these girls, I am going to miss them so much when they graduate. They are not just good Robotics, they are also really good mentors for our younger teams they jump in and they have been helping,” Mankato East Robotics head coach Michele Machado said.

The team has made quite a name for itself over its six-year stretch, which will come to a conclusion late this month.

They started as one of few female-dominated groups in the state’s program, but they say they can already see the progress.

“Years have gone on. It’s more normal and we have gotten used to it. It’s just competing in Robotics.” Your Ex team member Lauren Reuter said.

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