Their goal is to encourage young girls to pursue STEM careers, the process is truly about helping each person to develop to her whole potential

The Moxie Girls is an all-girl 6th-8th grade computer science club at Sierra Verde STEM Academy in Glendale, Arizona. This is the first year and the girls have participated in many hands-on and engaging computer science opportunities and have been able to Skype with some of the industry’s finest women, including Sally French, the Drone Girl.  

This has been a club that introduces girls to STEM opportunities that may not have been possible. The intent of the club is for the girls to see themselves as capable and comfortable within the field of computer science and grow into innovative, creative, problem-solvers who are ready to tackle the big problems of the world. Computer science can be applied to a variety of career choices and unmanned technology is a field that is full of potential that can further inspire more girls to fly, code, build, design and race drones.

As a drone mentor, my hope is that I can help connect girls to role models in the UAV industry. The Moxie Girls is so much more than drones. But for me, it is a unique approach to get girls interested in science/engineering and to feel empowered and find their voices. In college, I was the only girl in most of my classes. I would sit in the back of the class because I was too afraid to speak up. Things have changed since then. And though the end goal is to encourage young girls to pursue STEM careers, the process is truly about helping each person to develop to her whole potential while highlighting challenges the young girls may face pursuing education in STEM fields. That is where these amazing women mentors come in.

The UAV industry is ripe for young girls to get in there and be the trail blazers. I want to inspire them to do that. We see many women today in the UAV industry doing just that.   

The girls meet every Thursday, entire school year, after school for an hour and a half. Each week features a Skype mentor. Previous mentors include Olenka Cullinan, Rising Tycoons, Hilary Mitchell, head of the First Lego League in Arizona and Sally French, the Drone Girl. The girls have participated in many events including State Rubik’s Cube tournament (took 7thof 24), Sphero Competitions, guests at UAS Expo and Conference in AZ and will be at the 2nd Annual Phoenix Cup FPV Drone Race the end of this month (February 25, 2017).

It costs a few thousand dollars to operate this club. The club is free for students and the incredible teachers (Robert Lane and Christy Scofield) have volunteered numerous hours in order to inspire the next generation of young women. Mr. Lane and Mrs. Scofield are my heroes. They are truly magical and infectious in their love for all things robotic and they inspire these girls to be the future of our country, changing the world.

They have a GoFundMe account to help provide money towards the purchase of technologies. Their specific need is in the purchase of drones that they can build and work with mentors and teachers to develop an innovative drone-based solution to a problem in their community or state of Arizona. The Moxie Girls will be participating in the International Drone Day on May 06, 2017 where they want to educate the community on the many good things drone technology can do in the world.  

As a mentor, my hope is that I can help connect girls to role models in the UAV industry. The Moxie Girls is so much more than drones. But for me, it is a unique approach to get girls interested in science/engineering and to feel empowered and find their voices. In college, I was the only girl in most of my classes. I would sit in the back of the class because I was too afraid to speak up. Things have changed since then. And, though the end goal is to encourage young girls to pursue STEM careers, the process is truly about helping each person to develop to her whole potential while highlighting challenges the young girls may face pursuing education in STEM fields. That is where these amazing women mentors come in. The UAV industry is ripe for young girls to get in there and be the trail blazers. I want to inspire them to do that. We see many women today in the UAV industry doing just that.

Website: www.moxiegirls.org
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Moxie-Girls-1674620216168413/
Instagram: moxie._.girls
GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/moxie-girls-computer-science-club
Contact: robert.lane@dvusd@org and moxiemayor@gmail.com

Infomation submitted by: Lorie Grabham

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