Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Girl Scouts Coast to Coast - December 12, 2012 - STEM Edition

Today's Coast to Coast highlights many fantastic Girl Scouts STEM stories across the country. Check it out!

Mississippi's Southern Sentinel reports that the “BentonBots”, a team of girls comprised of Hickory Flat Girl Scouts, traveled to Starkville recently to participate in its first competition.

The team joins competitions that require them to build a robot and then program it to complete different challenges, such as obstacle courses. The competitions help girls gain an understanding and interest in engineering, computer programming and other skills. Competitions also are team-building exercises, in which the strengths of each member can be emphasized. Before each competition, the team designs and builds its own robot and programs it to complete missions.

In Wisconsin, Real Milwaukee reports that the girls of the "Einsteinbots" will compete in the FIRST LEGO League competition, a state robotics tournament. The team, sponsored by Girl Scouts of the USA and Time Warner Cable, is exploring how to improve quality of life for senior citizens through robotics.

Also in Wisconsin, Wauwatosa Now reports that six girl members of Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast placed second in the Gracious Professionalism category at the December 8 FIRST ® LEGO® League “Senior Solutions™” Challenge State Competition held at Mukwonago High School. The team also received an award for Robot Design at a recent regional competition. Applying research and robotics to explore improving quality of life for seniors, the "LOL Team", were among the twenty-six girl members of Girl Scouts Wisconsin Southeast that competed on four separate teams incorporating creativity and science to help seniors stay independent, engaged and connected.

Arizona's Tucson Citizen reports that Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona is one of 17 nonprofits to be awarded funding in the 2012 Tucson Electric Power (TEP)’s Grants That Make a Difference grant cycle. Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona will receive $10,000 for its science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) enrichment programs. The award will greatly enhance the Council’s robust STEM programming.

Idaho's Fox 14 reports that Girl Scouts of Silver Sage hosted a day of fun and learning for girls in their community. "STEM Day" was a way to teach fourth grade girls from multiple schools about science and math. The girls learned about energy using light bulbs, recycling and more.

Colorado's Daily Camera reports that the "Banana Bots" took first place in a regional LEGO League competition with their custom robot designed to assist senior citizens.

In January, they'll head to a state championship -- a slot in the competition earned after they beat two dozen other teams. Hannah, who lives in Englewood, takes electives at her middle school that include "robotics engineering" and "industrial tech using Google SketchUp." When she grows up, she said, she wants to be a science adviser to the White House.