Check out our sister Girl Scout robotics team from Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois, who are featured in the United Way campaign video.
Girl Scouts of the United States (GSUSA) has partnered with For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, FIRST®, to offer Council program opportunities in these areas. The mission of the FIRST® program is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills. The experience also inspires innovation and fosters well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication and leadership.
How is Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri getting involved in robotics?
In 2012-13, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri worked with 26 Girl Scout teams in the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC), grades 7-12, FIRST LEGO® League (FLL), grades 4-8, and Junior FIRST LEGO League (JFLL), grades K-3. Teams, led by adult volunteer coaches and mentors, worked together to design and build a robot and program it to do various tasks. At the FLL and JrFLL levels, they also researched a topic based on the year’s challenge and did a presentation about their research and innovative solutions. Teams then competed at regional tournaments.
In 2013-14, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri will expand the program to include another FTC team.
Girl Scouts who participate in teams can earn the Girl Scout Robotics patch. Girls will learn valuable life and employment skills by creating ideas, solving problems and overcoming obstacles. They will also gain confidence in their abilities to positively use technology.
Upcoming FLL Tournaments:
- October 26 – special qualifier for rookie teams
- November 9 and 10
- November 16 and 17
- November 23 and 24
- World Championship: April 2014 at the Edward Jones Dome and America’s Center
Volunteering for FIRST®
FIRST® programs also involve thousands of volunteers - from mentoring a team to being a referee at a competition. If you have science, technology or engineering expertise, or if you just want to be a part of the program, consider getting involved. Visit www.stlfirst.org for more information.
To learn more about FIRST® programs for all ages, visit www.usfirst.org.
Questions? Contact: Amber Phillips, 314.592.2376, email@example.com.
Thank you to our 2012-2013 robotics program funders:
- Monsanto Fund
- The Boeing Company
- Crawford Taylor Foundation
- Clifford Willard Gaylord Foundation
- Motorola Solutions Foundation
- LMI Aerospace, Inc.
- The Bank of America Charitable Foundation
- Community Foundation of the Quincy Area