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.
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
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.