Bailey Hart receives Target Women in Science Award
Bailey Hart receives Target's Women in Science and Technology award
Posted on 10/26/2018

Bailey Hart in Robotics LabFor as long as Bailey Hart can remember, she’s always loved art. She began drawing at a very young age after watching her uncle who is also an artist. Since then, the Henry Sibley High School sophomore’s pursuit of art has expanded from drawing to 3D modeling, animation, graphic design and digital illustration. Bailey’s creative and curious mind is what led her to become member of the Henry Sibley Robotics Team.

After hearing about a media position within the team from her high school counselor, Bailey decided to give it a try. For the first couple of months, she fulfilled her role of media lead by taking pictures and designing posters. Once the season began, however, she quickly became fascinated with the actual mechanics of building a robot.

During the building part of the season, a robotics team is presented with the challenge of creating a robot, which needs to be capable of performing a set of functions (ex. throwing a ball into a bucket). For Bailey, the task of finding answers to this complex problem using math and science immediately drew her in. 

“I was thrown into the fabrication of it all, and I was put on a harder division where we had to solve problems,” said Bailey. “We had to build a ramp, which honestly didn’t go well, but I learned a ton and was instantly interested. It became my new favorite thing.”

Bailey’s newfound interest in robotics didn’t go unnoticed by those around her. This past spring, she was nominated by a group of family members, teachers and coaches for Target’s Women in Science and Technology (TWIST) 2018 EPIC Award and was chosen as a recipient this September. This award recognizes that Bailey is demonstrating engagement, passion, innovation and curiosity (EPIC) through her continued involvement with robotics and digital design.

Each year, the TWIST EPIC award honors 25 young women in the Twin Cities and surrounding areas for their dedication to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). In addition, awardees are assigned Target employees as mentors and have the opportunity to job shadow, network and participate in Target’s Technology and Science Day.

Bailey and the other recipients will be recognized at a banquet on Friday, Oct. 26.

 “I’m honored to be chosen for this,” said Bailey. “I feel really lucky.”