Founded in 2009, the EMHS Robotics Club, known as the IronDogz, is an official extracurricular school organization guided by faculty advisors and mentored by professional engineers who volunteer their time to coach the students in all aspects of robotics.

The Club participates in an annual, international competition organized by FIRST® , a national non-profit whose mission “is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders” (

All competition entry fees and robot costs are covered through Club fundraising. This activity is supported by the IronDogz Booster Club (a 501c3 non-profit), made up of parents who volunteer their time in support of the program.

The Club is active from the late-Fall through the Winter. The busiest period is January to March, when the IronDogz build their robot and compete in regional contests.

The Club is open to all EMHS students. Recruitment occurs each fall.