Sunset High School’s RoboFlash robotics team should be getting used to breaking through barriers now. Composed entirely of special-needs students, RoboFlash now has the distinction of being the first such team to compete in a FIRST Robotics Competition in Texas.
The students, along with their teacher Pauline Tatum, participated in the Dallas Regional contest earlier this month in Irving.
“I think there’s been a stereotype with these kids that they can’t do it, so I’m saying that they can,” Tatum said.
Last year, the team formed with eight members alongside Sunset’s existing RoboBison robotics team. This year, RoboFlash has more than doubled its numbers and is making a name for itself.
“We want every child truly to have the same opportunity,” said Lakisha Farrow, a teacher at Sunset who coaches the RoboBison. “We don’t want it to be just this group of people, we want it to be every child. Whether or not they choose to do it, at least they had the opportunity.”
Read a fantastic full story on the team published by Dallas Innovates here.