Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Girl Scouts Across the Country Excel at Robotics

In Missouri, KSDK 5 TV reports that Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri participated in the First Lego League robotic competition this past weekend. The theme of this year's biomedical engineering competition was "Body Forward." Sunday afternoon five Girl Scout teams deployed their robotics in games called missions - Robot missions range from things like bone repair, rapid blood screening, and pace makers, to things that have never been done before, such as nerve mapping, bionic eyes, and object control through thought.

The competition at St. Louis Community College was judged in four areas: project presentation; robot performance; technical design and programming of the robot; and teamwork. Out of the five teams competing, three went home with awards! Video about that below:

In South Carolina, WMBF News reports that two Girl Scouts of Eeastern South Carolina LEGO all-girl robotics teams competed in the Pee Dee FIRST LEGO League regional event on December 4. The Tech Chicz from Florence and the Angelbots from Gable did a fabulous job, with the Tech Chicz for winning the Champions Award (for the 2nd straight year) and advancing to the state competition in March.

In Michigan, The Alpena News reports that Two Girl Scout troops from Alpena participated in the Michigan First Lego League robotics competition on Saturday. Juniors from troop 1000 and Cadettes from troop 2056 spent the past three months creating a robot out of Legos to be able to compete in the league and earn their robotics badge. The Girl Scouts received the funding to purchase the robotics kit and Lego pieces from a Michigan Shore to Shore grant.
On top of the robot competition, the girls had to participate in a presentation and demonstrate teamwork. Since the theme of this year's competition was the human body, each team had to pick a part of the body, research a problem with it, and design an alternative method to treating it. The Girl Scouts chose the ping-pong fracture, where a portion of a newborn and infant's skull has caved in due to birth, or the use of forceps during birth, but is not broken. In their skit, they used a plunger to fix their doll's ping-pong fracture, and each girl played a part.
Congrats and Kudos to all involved! Do you have any experience with robotics?