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.

Botball Season

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

2020 season recruitment has started!

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The 2020 Botball season will start in January.
Participation Fee: $35/student
Fees cover the cost of snacks during team practices and t-shirt for competition day.

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

Additional program details coming soon

An innovative program to provide 10th and 11th grade girls extensive hands-on experience building and flying drones as well as exploring their many uses.

There is no cost for students participating in this program.

• Female
• Currently 10th or 11th Grade (2019/2020 School Year)
• Attends America's Finest Charter, Crawford High School, Gompers Preparatory Academy, Hoover High School, Lincoln High School, Morse High School, or O'Farrell Charter School

The program includes opportunities to participate in a week-long camp and a 24-week internship.

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 internship 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.