Twelve eastern Missouri Girl Scout robotics teams will demonstrate their STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) innovations, ranging from LEGO® boards built to show ways of reducing water pollution to industrial-sized robots programmed to engage in difficult field games.
On Thursday, April 26, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri hosts its third annual robotics showcase and invites the public to attend. The event will have teams from all four FIRST® grade levels: FIRST LEGO League Jr. (kindergarten to fourth grade), FIRST LEGO League (fourth through eighth grade), FIRST Tech Challenge (seventh to twelfth grade) and FIRST Robotics Competition (ninth through twelfth grade). The teams, including The Blockheads, are not only presenting their latest research findings and demonstrating their programming skills, but are also using the moment to educate the more than 200 event participants about the STEM opportunities available through Girl Scouts. In 2017, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri supported 55 FIRST robotic teams, more than any other youth-serving organization in the region. By 2020, the organization will double that number to 110.
National statistics report that while 50-percent of today’s college graduates are women, women account for fewer than 20-percent of the bachelor’s degrees in engineering, computer science and physics. Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri offers G.I.R.L.s (Go-getters, Innovators, Risk-takers, Leaders)TM hands-on STEM engagement and interaction at a young age and inspires them to become leaders in these fields.
Media invited to attend on Thursday, April 26 from 6 to 8 pm.
6-8 pm on Thursday, April 26
The Berges Family Girl Scout Program Center
2300 Ball Drive
St. Louis, MO 63146