Friday, September 16, 2011

Washington Girl Scouts Earn Silver Award Through Robotics

Four Girl Scouts were awarded the organization's second highest award for helping younger scouts learn about robotics.

Washington's Columbia Basin Herald reports that the four girls, who are members of Moses Lake's First Lego League team, decided to pass on their enjoyment of the competition and have received the Girl Scout Silver Award for helping start a group of second and third grade girls set up a junior First Lego League. The First Lego League is a competition where the girls create a robot using Legos, and program it to complete a set of tasks.

"When we went to competitions for First Lego League they actually got to see other junior teams there at the time and they were asking about it," Adult Volunteer Carol Hohn said. "The biggest core value that fits with Girl Scouts is, 'It's not about how well you did. It's about what you learned.' That part they loved and they wanted to share their love of the league with younger girls."

Each of the girls needed to put 40 hours toward the project to receive the Silver Award, Hohn said. Do you have any examples of Girl Scouts earning the Girl Scout Silver Award?