Pearland ISD robotics team encourages girls to engage in STEM

Pearland ISD Robotics Team, Pearadox (FRC #5414), competed against 400 of the top robotics teams in the world at last month’s First Robotics Competition World Championship at the George R. Convention Center.

Pearadox is a team of over 60 high school students from Turner High School, Dawson High School and Pearland High School who work with engineering mentors to learn about and work with robots and develop STEM skills. Building inclusivity and opportunity is important to Pearadox, who created a girl-led STEM group called Gearbox Girls.

“Gearbox Girls is a community on our team that our members created to inspire girls to feel creative, confident, and empowered in STEM,” said Isabella Theroff, a member of Gearbox Girls. “A lot of girls are kind of pushed aside because they’re not as well represented in the STEM field. We want to show them that they can do it too, and that is very important to us.”

“They inspire students who wouldn’t normally be inspired to explore robotics or any STEM field in general,” said Dr. Jeffrey Myers, physics and engineering teacher at Turner High School. “Once you see students who are like you and are successful, it becomes contagious. Success breeds success.”

Gearbox Girls has also created networking events like Girls Get Together, aimed at introducing high school girls to female professionals in the STEM field, and Princesses with Power Tools, where high school girls teach younger girls how to use power tools and trust build in STEM activities.

“I think it’s important for younger students to have role models to look up to, and a lot of them will feel more comfortable if you’re a girl, you can relate to a girl on the team,” said Andrew Hartnett , the team’s lead mentor.

For more information on Pearadox and the Gearbox Girls, click here.

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