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)

How to Apply

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.

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.

How Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri is involved in Robotics

Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri is currently working with 31 Girl Scout teams in the FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC), grades 9-12; FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC), grades 7-12; FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL), grades 4-8; and Junior FIRST® LEGO League (Jr. FLL), grades K-3. Teams, led by adult volunteer coaches and mentors, work together to design and build a robot and program it to do various tasks. At the FLL and Jr. FLL levels, they also research a topic based on the challenge and do a presentation about their research and innovative solutions. Teams then compete at regional tournaments.

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

February 21, 2015
Jr. FLL Expo at MICDS

March 1, 2015
Jr. FLL Expo at Boeing

March 7, 2015
FTC Missouri State Championship at Missouri S&T – Rolla, MO

March 19-21, 2015
FRC Saint Louis Regional Event at Chaifetz Arena

March 21, 2015
Jr. FLL Expo at St. Louis Community College at Forest Park

March 28, 2015
Jr. FLL Expo at St. Charles Community College

April 22-25, 2015
FIRST® Championship at multiple locations

April 25, 2015
Applications for 2015-2016 Robotics Season are available online

May 16, 2015
Coding Parties for Daisies and Cadettes at Webster University

Supporters

Funding for the robotics program is generously provided by: