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WHO: Girl Scouts of Alaska Troop #9170

WHAT: Troop Cookie Sales Builds Business and Technology Skills

WHEN: Saturday, March 6, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m

WHERE: Spenard Builders Supply at Minnesota and Tudor in Anchorage

In a world being transformed by technology, only one-fifth of American scientists and engineers are women, and many companies must look beyond the American workforce to find qualified employees. Girl Scouts, with an eye to the future, wants to change that trend within one generation.

Every year Girl Scouts provides millions of girls with hands-on experiences in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in a supportive, all-girl environment where they don't have to compete with boys for attention.

In Alaska, Girl Scouts has been a leader in advancing girls exposure to STEM activities through its FIRST Lego League robotics program. It's success can be seen in the number of all-girl, all-Girl Scout teams that advanced this year from regional competitions to the Alaska state championship robotics event in Anchorage. And, one team in particular, came away with the chance to reprepsent Alaska in a national competition this May.

Troop #9170, also known by their robotics team name – the Electronically Overdressed Senioritas (EOS) -- had an ambitious goal during the month of March (also known in the Girl Scout world as "Cookie Season") to sell enough cookies to pay for a trip to Carlsbad, California. As a result of winning the 2nd place Champion’s trophy at Alaska’s FIRST Lego League (FLL) state invitational robotics tournament in January, the troop was asked to represent Alaska in a national robotics competition in Carlsbad this May. The girls will need to raise enough money to pay for their travel, as well as lodging, food, and registration fees for the event.

On Saturday, March 16, members of Troop #9170 demonstrated their robotics skills while selling cookies at Spenard Builders Supply on Minnesota and Tudor. The girls and their coaches were available to demonstrate how their robot works, how they program it to run “missions,” what a robotics competition is like, and the significance of their all-girl team attendance at the national competition in California.

Troop #9170 is comprised of 10 girls 5th through 8th grade and has been together as a FLL robotics team for 5 years. The troop’s participation in the California event will showcase Alaska and Girl Scouts as leaders in advancing girls’ exposure to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activities. Girl Scouts of Alaska, through its robotics program, has given hundreds of girls exposure to computer programming, technical research, robotic design, creative thinking, public presentation, and teamwork.

Every year in March, Alaskans who buy Girl Scouts cookies will help some 3,000 girls across the state learn important lessons about managing money, setting goals, making decisions, people skills, and business ethics. They’ll also help girls like those in Troop #9170 raise critical funding for things like troop travel, summer camp, community service projects, and the chance to participate in educational events and activities.

The $790 million Girl Scout cookie program is the largest girl-led business in the country, and teaches girls important business and life skills that help them succeed in whatever path they choose.

For every $4 box of cookies sold, almost $3 stays in Alaska for the purpose of building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. Girl Scouts of Alaska serves 6,000 girls from Bethel to Ketchikan, and promises every girl the chance to discover the leader she can be.

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