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Future Innovators in Robotics & Engineering (FIRE)

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.

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 (F.I.R.E.) programs in 2016.

EIS Botball Team

Recruitment details for 2021 season to be released in December

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".

Girls Take Flight

Program Overview

Application has closed for the 2019/2020 school year

Innovative program for 10th and 11th grade girls provides hands-on experience building and flying drones and explores their many uses. Earn a stipend of up to $2,000.

There is no cost for students participating in this program.

• Female
• Currently 10th or 11th Grade (2019/2020 School Year)
• Attend a Title 1 school
• Can provide two forms of identification

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.

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.


Participants will learn to code, design, and build autonomous vehicles in addition to fly drones and visit local universities and STEM-related businesses.

This 3-week program is for middle school girls attending Title 1 schools.

This program was offered during the summer of 2019.