A middle school girls’ robotics club is high powered STEM education.`The Robroz robotics team is one of three teams from Derby Middle School that compete in robotics competitions sponsored by Vex Robotics.
Each year, the students design and build robots following a theme. The theme this year is “In the Zone.” Not only do the girls have group meetings on Thursdays, but members meet before and after school frequently in their “war room.”
The girls are working on a robot for competitions this year, which will culminate in Louisville, Kentucky with an international contest in April. They guard their notes, so that the two other teams which are made up of all boys don’t see what they are doing.
According to teacher David Brown, who is the sponsor for the club, Derby High School will host 48 teams on January 27 for a robotics competition.
The middle school teams receive assistance from Spirit AeroSystems. They send volunteers who are engineers to help guide the students.
The girls’ team is in its first year. The robotics activities started in 2015. Members of Robroz say they like having their own team, as they find that girls and boys work differently.