Wednesday, February 16, 2011

7 Awesome Engineers and The Brownie Builders Honored

Connecticut's Valley Independent Sentinel reports on Sunday, Oxford Girl Scout Lego Teams, The 7 Awesome Engineers and The Brownie Builders attended the Annual Jr First Lego League Expo in Stamford. The girls competed with 30 other Junior First Lego League teams from all over the state of Connecticut on the topic of Biomedical Engineering.

The goal of the Jr First Lego League is to introduce the children from age 6-9 to science and technology while learning to work as a team. Over a course of several weeks, the girls had to research, plan and create a Legos model based on this year’s theme. The 7 Awesome Engineers based their model on RIBA (Robot for Interactive Body Assistance) winning them an award for ‘higher than 5’ for their high levels of creativity. The Brownie Builders based their model on an x-ray machine winning them an award for Animation Kids for their outstanding teamwork.

Each team won an award that recognized their strengths and successes and was presented to them by U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal.
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Last week, we reported that Michael Watson, senior vice president of human resources and diversity for Girl Scouts of the USA, recently penned an article for Diversity-Executive about the need for diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. His belief is that girls are essential to the national pipeline of talent needed to fill future STEM positions.
Do you know any girls actively involved in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math?