School was done for the day, and Yuan and her friends had gathered at the Lower East Side Girls Club on First Avenue to dress the mechanical teenager, which they built over the summer. Mounted on the base of an electric wheelchair bought on Craigslist for $200, and fashioned of steel piping, recycled electronics and fabric remnants, Girlzilla will parade through the Lower East Side on Saturday as part of the annual Howl! arts festival. “She’s one crazy diva,” Yuan said as she wove multicolored plastic streamers onto the robot’s head to simulate hair.
Awesome project, awesome name. THIS IS THE STUFF THAT MAKES ME BLOG! Too bad I missed its parade a few weeks ago. I would have loved to cheer them on in person.
I do have mixed emotions about the author's overemphasis of these teenage engineers' girlish qualities, though. I mean, they're teenagers from New York City! Of course they gossip, of course they wear cute blue flats, of course they laugh, of course a 60-year old man lacks star quality, and of course Robert Downey, Jr in Iron Man makes for a cute engineering role model. It feels like she went out of her way to overstate that these girls are completely normal.
But I recognize this as a positive new spin on an old story. And I'll take it!