Building the Future

Twenty girls from different backgrounds find they all have something in common; a love for robotics and STEM.

Mercy Midnight Storm all-girls robotics team, Detroit MI
Mercy Midnight Storm all-girls robotics team, Detroit MI
Mercy Midnight Storm all-girls robotics team, Detroit MI
The girls of the Mercy Midnight Storm make sure they get noticed. They wear capes to every competition.
Mercy High School robotics team member working on robot, Detroit MI
Mercy High School robotics team member working on robot, Detroit MI
Mercy High School robotics team member working on robot, Detroit MI
Through mentorship from engineers at General Motors, the girls have learned the STEM skills to build chassis and program robots for competition.
Close-up image of Mercy Midnight Robotics Team’s robot
Close-up image of Mercy Midnight Robotics Team’s robot
Close-up image of Mercy Midnight Robotics Team’s robot
The girls on the Mercy Midnight Storm are from different schools and backgrounds.
Mercy Midnight Storm girls work on robot chassis together, Detroit MI
Mercy Midnight Storm girls work on robot chassis together, Detroit MI
Mercy Midnight Storm girls work on robot chassis together, Detroit MI
These girls have accomplished so much together, and hope to inspire other students to join them in their love for STEM and robotics.
Finished robot, Mercy Midnight Storm Robotics Team, Detroit Michigan
Finished robot, Mercy Midnight Storm Robotics Team, Detroit Michigan
Finished robot, Mercy Midnight Storm Robotics Team, Detroit Michigan
Team members have been exposed to a whole new world of opportunities in STEM-related fields. Many of the girls now have ambitions to become engineers like their mentors from GM.
We sit in an empty classroom in the Mercy Education Project in Detroit, MI. High school age girls begin to trickle in. They’re engrossed in conversation and continue to talk and laugh as all twenty girls finally arrive and settle into chairs. This does not seem like your typical robotics team.

These girls come from several different schools. They’re united by Mercy, Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation and, most importantly, a robotics team. Most didn’t know each other before. Most didn’t have a clear idea of where they were going next. They all have taken their own path here. All have their own reasons for being here. And thanks to their General Motors mentors, they all have a new love of robotics and STEM.

The team has opened up a world of creation and invention to these girls and empowered them to dream of new ideas and new adventures.

The team has surpassed all goals they’ve set for themselves and has shattered the expectations of their competition. In their inaugural year as a team they became the first team from the city of Detroit to earn their way into the FIRST Robotics world competition where they won Rookie Team of the Year.

By day, Keysha Camps works in the Autonomous Engineering group at General Motors. She said working with the team inspires her to tackle problems at work with new eyes. She is constantly collecting ideas for new ways for both her robotics team and her work team to approach challenges.