Tuesday, September 6, 2011

GENIUS is Gearing Up for Another Year in the FIRST LEGO League

Girl Scouts robotics team GENIUS (Girls Exploring New Ideas Using Science), is defying the statistics that show female students are underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

Georgia's Marietta Daily Journal reports that the GENIUS robotics team won the “Making a Difference” Judges’ Award at the FIRST LEGO League World Festival in St. Louis for their camera system, designed to solve the problem of limited visibility behind wheelchairs. They’re now gearing up for this season’s competition.

FIRST LEGO League is a robotics program for 9- to 16-year-olds, designed to get them excited about science and technology. It’s a partnership between FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and the LEGO Group. Every September, a new challenge is announced that focuses on a real-world scientific topic.

The Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta’s STEM programming, through partnerships with Georgia Tech, Southern Polytechnic State University and Lockheed Martin, offers a range of programs including robotics, animation software, chemistry, cell phone programming and aeronautics.

How would you change the world through science, technology, engineering and math?