On the heels of National Robotics Week, we hosted a local group of girls from Girl Scouts of Northern California’s Discover Together community-based after school program at Mayfield Robotics HQ. In March, our Co-Founder and COO Sarah Osentoski visited the troop at John Gill Elementary School to talk about women in robotics and how Kuri came to be.
As a follow-up, the girls visited Mayfield Robotics’ headquarters in Redwood City, CA. The girls were able to explore where Kuri is built, hear from our Lead UX Designer Ellen Francik and VP of Hardware Jason Umhoefer, and interact with Kuri one-on-one.
The day started with Ellen welcoming the Girl Scouts to Mayfield Robotics HQ. Ellen explained her role to the girls and how a product team shapes the design and functionality of Kuri. When sharing early Kuri concept illustrations, the girls eagerly related those sketches to their own drawings — to which Ellen happily offered, “Yes! If you love drawing or thinking about character development for things like Disney movies, then product could be a good fit for you someday.”
Following their fireside chat with Ellen, the girls headed over to the hardware lab at Mayfield Robotics. There, the girls had an opportunity to see the inner workings of Kuri. Jason explained the basic hardware components that create Kuri’s “rib cage”, head, heart light, laser, drive train, and bump sensor. While in the hardware lab, the girls’ top question was, “Is Kuri waterproof?” to which Jason replied, “No. Kuri isn’t a big fan of bathtime,” with a smirk.
After taking a look under the hood of Kuri in the hardware lab, the Girl Scouts made their way to the lobby to get a demo of Kuri from Mayfield Robotics’ Sr. Customer Success Manager Ashley Wakefield.
Ashley taught the girls how to tickle Kuri, gave them a tour of the Kuri Robot app, and even had Kuri dance for the Girl Scouts! The girls were most in awe of Kuri’s awesome dance moves and had a blast participating in a group robo-scout dance party.
Following their tour, The Girl Scouts were gifted Kuri swag bags that they opened with gleeful screams. Our team loved watching the girls deck themselves out with Mayfield Robotics sunglasses and Kuri stickers. More importantly, we hope we inspired these young ladies to consider a future career in robotics; be it product, engineering, marketing — you name it! We had a blast hosting the Girl Scouts at our HQ and can’t wait to host similar community events in the future.