Five Girl Scout Teams to Participate in LEGO Robotics State Tournament this Weekend
Anchorage, Alaska – Jan. 24, 2014 – Girl Scouts introduces girls of every age to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) experiences relevant to everyday life. Girl Scouts offers a safe, supportive place for girls to seek STEM-related challenges, such as those presented by the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) robotics program.
Designed to get youth excited about science and technology, the FLL is a robotics program for 9- to 16-year-olds. Led by at least one adult coach, teams composed of up to ten children design, build and program an autonomous LEGO robot to score points on a thematic playing surface, creating an innovative solution to a problem as part of their project. This year’s theme is “Nature’s Fury,” which requires teams to identify a community that could experience a natural disaster; identify a problem that happens when a natural disaster occurs; create an innovative solution that helps people prepare, stay safe or rebuild; and share their problem and solution with others.
This year Girl Scouts of Alaska (GSAK) has five all-girl LEGO robotics teams competing in the state FFL championship tournament, which will be held Saturday, Jan. 25 at South High-School in Anchorage. The tournament is an all-day event, but we recommend reporters and news crews arrive at or after 1 p.m. More than 50 teams from around the state will compete to earn a spot at one of two national championships. Our five Girl Scout teams are:
- Glacier Girls, Anchorage; Nikole Nelson, coach
- Electronically Overdressed Survivors, Anchorage; Bruce Sexauer, coach
- Junior Bots, Anchorage; Melanee Stinnett, coach
- Disaster Dissolvers, Juneau; Alyson Cooper, coach
- Obscure Natural Phenomenon Response Team, Juneau; Alyson Cooper, coach
Last year GSAK team the Electronically Overdressed Senoritas (now renamed the Electronically Overdressed Survivors) was runner-up at the state tournament and went on to compete in a national tournament in Carlsbad, Calif.
All teams will meet with judges the morning of the event to be evaluated on the three FFL elements: Project, Core Values and Robot Design. In the afternoon, robot matches (games) begin. Awards are given to the teams that score highest in each of the three elements and the robot match winner. An overall tournament winner and runner-up will be selected as well. This exciting, fast-paced and youth-oriented event encourages girls and boys to develop innovative solutions to real-world problems while building teamwork skills and having lots of fun!
About Girl Scouts of Alaska
GSAK is the proven leadership development program for girls in grades K-12. Girl Scouting helps girls develop their full individual potential; relate to others with increasing understanding, skill and respect; develop values to guide their actions and provide the foundation for sound decision-making; and contribute to the improvement of society through their abilities, leadership skills and cooperation with others. With the help of more than 1,500 adult volunteers, GSAK serves nearly 6,000 girls from Bethel to Ketchikan. For information, visit girlscoutsalaska.org.