Innovators: The Girls of GSCM’s First LEGO League Program

At Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, we’re always looking for ways to inspire innovation by introducing girls to STEM activities that allow them to explore their creativity, teach them to think critically, and empower them to see themselves as scientists and engineers.

One of these activities is First LEGO League and First LEGO League Jr.

Guided by adult mentors and their own imaginations, FLL girls solve real-world engineering challenges and develop important life skills. Girl Scouts as young as six can participate in this hands-on, interactive robotics program in a sports-like atmosphere. Teams of up to 10 players focus on team building, problem solving, creativity, and analytical thinking to develop solutions to a problem currently facing the world.

Girl Scouts of Central Maryland currently has three First Lego League teams (The Anibots, 5vory, Robotic Reptiles) and two First Lego League Jr. teams (RoboDaisies and RoboBrownies). These teams meet weekly and work to build and program an autonomous robot to complete a series of challenges on a table. The challenges are related to the competition year’s theme–this year’s theme is Animal Allies.

In addition to the robotics portion of the competition, teams have to complete a community service project related to the theme. Teams can even win awards for these service projects like GSCM’s Green Travengers did last season! Their project was about implementing a device that would direct more trash to enter the bin at recycling centers. Now THAT’S what we call innovation!

Want to learn more about FLL? Click here to watch a quick video.

Check out pictures of our First LEGO League teams in action below! Click each image to enlarge.

How to Get Your Girl Scout Involved

GSCM’s robotics programs start in the Fall but if you want to learn more information, or engage in any other STEM activities, visit the STEM table at The Big Outdoors Event on April 23!

Many of our current team members are first timers, so if you’re concerned about your Girl Scout’s skill-level, don’t be! This is a great way for her to explore the world of robotics in a fun and encouraging setting–you never know where it could lead!

According to GSCM’s STEM Specialist, Stephanie Alphee: “Many STEM careers start with a spark of curiosity, so don’t be afraid of trying new things, taking things apart, or making something new—you never know what hidden talents will spark!”

Questions? Contact Stephanie at STEM@gscm.org.

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