Focusing on getting girls engaged in engineering, EIS offers intensive engineering and computer science programs for middle and high school girls. Led by female coaches and role models, students learn to design, code and build robots in teams.
About the Program
Women make up half of the total U.S. college-educated workforce, but only 29% of the science and engineering workforce.
EIS launched the first Future Innovators in Robotics & Engineering (FIRE) programs in 2016.
Registration for FIRE Up! is Now Open
Participants will be learning to build, program, and operate autonomous drones and robots.
Participation in a 3-week-long tech camp includes attending a week of field trips and meetings with local universities and STEM-related companies to see what tech careers are all about.
The program is offered in the summer.
Girls Take Flight
Registration Deadline: March 17
Innovative program for girls who are in 10th and 11th grade that provides hands-on experience building and flying drones and explores their many uses. Earn a stipend of up to $2,500.
There is no cost for students participating in this program.
The program includes opportunities to participate in a week long camp and a 24-week practicum.
Participation in a week-long camp includes learning flight maneuvers, drone regulations, and write code that will control a drone to fly autonomously. Camp also includes guest speakers to inform students about how drones are being used in real-world applications.
The 24-week practicum will explore the use of drones in addition to building on knowledge of constructing, repairing, and flying a drone. Students will also conduct field video project and become FAA certified drone pilots.
- Currently in 10th or 11th Grade
- Attend a Title 1 school
- Can provide two forms of identification
EIS Botball Team
Registration Deadline: January 31
In this program, female engineers coach middle school girls to design, build and program an autonomous robot. The team meets weekly and participates in a regional tournament.
The inaugural 2016 team made it to the finals and was recognized by the judges as the “Outstanding Rookie Team”. In 2017, the team competed in the regional tournament with two autonomous robots and won “Outstanding Rookie Team” for the second year in a row. The 2018 team achieved second place in the “Alliance Challenge”.