Kaitlyn Ludlam is a resident of Fleming Island, Florida, which is in North East Florida south of Jacksonville. Kaitlyn is a senior at Fleming Island High School. Kaitlyn experimented in building and designing at a young age with her brothers. Being an only girl, she spent hours building Legos and constructing all kinds of designs. She was a Maker at heart, always creating with anything she could get her hands on from paper and Styrofoam to cardboard and straws. In 4th grade she joined a new club at her school. It was there she learned about robotics, programing, and FIRST. Eight years later, Kaitlyn has remained involved with robotics having had the opportunity to compete on multiple levels and retain leadership positions on the teams.
Kaitlyn is an avid programmer. She had taken college level Python, Java, and Fundamentals of Robotics. She is currently enrolled in AP Computer Science. Kaitlyn has been awarded the National Center for Women in Technology (NCWIT) Aspirations in Computing Award in both 2018 and 2019. In 2019, she was a National Honorable Mention. Kaitlyn was a Woman in IT Intern at Citibank in the summer of 2019.
Kaitlyn is an Ambassador Girl Scout and just achieved Girl Scout Gold for her project AstroBot STEM. Kaitlyn founded a nonprofit to run an organization that shares STEM role models, activities, opportunities and scholarships with girls all over the world on Social Media and at AstroBotSTEM.org. Kaitlyn has been on social media as AstroBot Kaitlyn since 2017, spreading outreach to girls in stem. Kaitlyn is a member of the Steam Squad at Steamsquad.org and on twitter.
When Kaitlyn isn’t out mentoring and speaking to girls, she is working hard in school so she can be an engineer. Her plans are to work in Biomed and she enjoys working with prosthetics. She has worked with biomed and STEM at University of South Florida and the University of North Florida’s Precollege camps including Biomedical Engineering, Future Doctors, and Hacking STEM Camps on an academic scholarship.
“Being the only girl in STEM can be difficult. I don’t want girls to give up. I want them to find a sisterhood in STEM and network to meet more girls in STEM. That is why I founded a SWENext Chapter at my school. Mentoring goes both ways. Find a mentor and be a mentor.”