Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri Robotics

FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) aims to inspire girls to become science and technology leaders. This mentor-based program is designed to inspire innovation, cultivate interest in STEM fields, and foster life skills (such as self-confidence, verbal communication and team-building). The four levels of robotics in which we are involving all-girl teams are Junior FIRST® LEGO® League (JrFLL), FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL), FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC) and FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC)

FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL)

FLL immerses youth, ages 9-14, in real-word science and technology challenges. Each participating team proposes an innovative solution to a current scientific question or problem. In tandem with their scientific research, girls are also introduced to the field of engineering as they build an autonomous LEGO®-based robot that performs a series of tasks in local robotics competitions.

FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC)

FTC serves youth ages 14-18 with a greater emphasis on engineering. Under the guidance of a coach, each team is required to design, build and program a robot using sound engineering principles to accomplish the assigned set of robotic tasks. Teams then compete with their robots in local tournaments.

FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC)

FRC serves youth ages 14-18 and challenges teams of young people and their mentors to solve a common problem in a six-week timeframe using a standard "kit of parts" and a common set of rules. Teams build robots from the parts and compete in games designed by Dean Kamen, Dr. Woodie Flowers and a committee of engineers and other professionals.

Junior FIRST® LEGO® League (JrFLL)

Focused on cultivating an interest in science and engineering in youth ages 5-9, JrFLL is a hands-on program designed to capture children’s inherent curiosity and direct it toward discovering the possibilities of improving the world around them. The program features a real-world challenge, to be solved by research, teamwork and imagination. Guided by adult coaches, girls work with LEGO® bricks to build a model that moves. Additionally, they create a poster to illustrate their process.

Meet Erin, a Girl Scout, who talks about her robotics team

How Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri is involved in robotics

Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri is currently working with 30 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 2014-15, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri will expand the program to include two more high school teams.

Through robotics, 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.

Important Dates

  • April-July 2014
    Team applications accepted and approved on a first-come first-served basis
  • August 18, 2014
    FLL Programming Workshop; a good introduction for first-time FLL coaches
  • August 4, 2014
    Jr FLL Challenge Release
  • August 26, 2014
    FLL Challenge Release
  • September 6, 2014
    FTC Game Reveal
  • November 8-9, 15-16, 22-23 2014
  • FLL Qualifying Events

Applications

We have accepted all of our teams for the 2014-2015 season!  Check back in May 2015 for applications for the 2015-2016 season.  If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Niedermann at 314-592-2376 or mniedermann@girlscoutsem.org.

Sponsors

Funding for the 2013-2014 robotics program was generously provided by:

Crawford Taylor Foundation

Clifford Willard Gaylord Foundation