Robotics also has helped the RoboDoves spread their wings in other areas of their lives. At a recent team meeting, the girls spoke of how the team has helped them confront personal and academic challenges and helped reshape their career goals.
Former team members have received full scholarships to college, including two to the Johns Hopkins University.
Matthew decided after joining the team to study bio-medical engineering instead of medicine in college, and received a full scholarship to participate in the Summer Engineering Innovation course at Hopkins last summer. She hopes to attend Harrisburg University of Science and Technology or the University of Maryland, College Park.
Standout student athlete Keimmie Booth wanted to see if she could make a name for herself and her hometown in a different arena.