STEM Students Ask: Can Robots Be Racist?

Apr 26, 2018

A group of middle school students from Dacula, Georgia, is preparing for a world championship. This weekend the “Robo Sapiens” will head to Louisville, Kentucky for the 2018 VEX Robotics World Championship, where they will present the findings of their latest research on racist robots and bias in artificial intelligence.


They practice conducting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) research every week in a team member’s basement. The hard work has earned them at least one other championship: In 2017, as elementary school students, they won the Lego League state championship.  

The 2018 VEX Robotics World Championship will be held April 29-May 1 in Louisville, Kentucky.  

The "Robo Sapiens"

Angelica Ochoa (Coach)

Mandy Collins (Mentor)

Megan Coffey

Loan Hoang

David Izadi

Iris Ochoa

Abigail Onodipe

Terrence Onodipe

Davis Ryan

Ben Warford

Alyssa Young

Jaylen Young