Volunteer Sporlight: Rathish Jayabharathi
Rathish Jayabharathi has been volunteering with Girl Scouts for many years. During the fall of 2016, Rathish joined the GSHCC Community Task Force to plan what would become the new STEM Center + MakerSpace. Since then he has given countless hours sharing his expertise and passion, and leading Robotics workshops in the STEM Center for Girl Scouts at all age levels. Thank you Rathish for all you do to introduce girls to STEM and Robotics!
Name: Rathish Jayabharathi
Where do you work and what do you do? I work at Intel Corporation and am the Chief Technologist for System Content and work within the Manufacturing Validation Performance (MVP) area.
Were you a Girl Scout? If yes, where? No, but I was a Boy Scout and a scout leader.
How long have you volunteered with Girl Scouts? 7+ years
Why do you volunteer for Girl Scouts? I volunteer to increase awareness of STEAM-related careers amongst girls. I have noticed there are several pre-conceived notions about Math and Science even among middle-schoolers and exposing younger girls to STEAM careers and opportunities helps them break through these critical barriers.
What’s your favorite thing about volunteering with Girl Scouts? The enthusiasm and the joy that is expressed when a child/girl gets the robot to move (basically their first experience in programming a robot) is priceless.
What advice would you give to young girls interested in learning more about the STEM fields? Give it a try and you will enjoy it (don’t say you are not interested before trying something out). I have had several girls say that they do not like programming until they first tried it. After that they had commented that is was easy and fun. It is awesome to see that sense of accomplishment, and so my goal is to make my workshops more fun than following a strict curriculum.
Favorite Girl Scout Cookie flavor? Thin Mints
Outside of volunteering, what are a few of your hobbies? Wildlife photography and robotics are two of my favorite hobbies.