First Name

Madison

Last Name

K.

Bio

Madison Kenney is a rising Junior at Georgia Connections Academy and Dual Enrolled student at Kennesaw State University. She has a passion for STEM and aspires to become a Mechatronics Engineer. At the age of nine Madison founded the RoboChicks Robotics Team that has competed in FIRST Lego League, FIRST Tech Challenge and Seaperch Underwater Robotics. She has lead her team to win many awards locally and Nationally. As Madison competed she discovered that girls were underrepresented at competitions and wanted to change that statistic by working with younger girls. At the age of thirteen, Madison began writing grants to cover the cost to coach younger girls in underserved areas. She used the grant money to continue her work by starting RoboChicks 2G (Second Generation), a robotics team for elementary and middle school-aged girls at the Andrew and Walter Young Family YMCA that competes in FIRST Lego League and Seaperch. Madison is also a Girl Scout that lives up to the Girl Scout Law by combining STEM and Community Service through sharing robotics with young students all over the Metro-Atlanta area. She averages over 100 Outreach hours each school year exhibiting at STEM Expos, holding STEM training and speaking engagements. Madison has been named an "Everyday Young Hero'" by Youth Services America for all of her efforts to bring more girls into STEAM. Madison is also an active member of the Women in Technology WIT Girls and WIT Campus Program. Through WIT, Madison had the opportunity to participate in the Behind the Scenes, Job Shadow, and Career Immersion Programs at some of the biggest Corporations in Atlanta. Madison was nominated as WIT Girl of the Year Finalist winning a monetary scholarship, a laptop, and a mobile phone. Madison also started a Girls Who Code Club at her online school signing up 135 new members with hopes of expanding the program Nationally on the Connection Academy online platform. https://mydigitalpublication.com/publication/?i=598562#{%22issue_id%22:598562,%22page%22:20} http://www.zimbio.com/photos/Nicola+Yoon/Madison+Kenney/ https://www.theatlantavoice.com/articles/atlanta-teen-madison-kenney-seeks- empowers-young-girls-through-stem-robotics/ http://www.cbs46.com/story/38101954/teen-robotics-instructor-seeks-to-break-barriers-inspire-others https://ysa.org/everyday-young-hero-madison-kenney/