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.
- April 2014
Team applications go out in the monthly e-newsletter. Applications are funded on a first-come, first-served basis, and teams are notified in August if they receive funding. Girl Scout teams are required to have at least six girls and two unrelated adults to coach them.
- April 23-26
World Championship at the Edward Jones Dome and America’s Center. Free and open to the public!
- August 2014
Teams are notified of funding. FLL season starts.
- September 2014
FTC season starts.