LH: My advice would be to raise your hand and say, “Excuse me, I think you skipped over me.” Last year I wanted to help with programming the robot and I asked the lead programmer if there was anything I could do, but I didn’t get a real chance until this fall. Keep saying that you want to be involved and don’t give up.
EH: As the team’s drive coach, I do the strategy and all the tests to see who are the best candidates for driving the robot. We have alums who come back after they’ve graduated to help out. They generally wouldn’t listen to me and definitely wouldn’t ask me about strategy, although that was my role. They’d ask other guys before me. I spoke to them and said, “This is not OK. I am an equal member of this team. I was chosen for this job for a reason.” And they respected that. I’m the first girl drive coach ever, I think.