Girl Scouts Persevere and Triumph at LEGO Robotics Competitions!

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Powered by Exelon, and supported by BNY Mellon and Motorola Solutions Foundation

Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana sponsors LEGO Robotics teams to compete in competitions. We have offered a LEGO Robotics program since 2008, and we now support 27 teams each year, impacting 100+ girls annually.  

In the 2018 season, GCNWI had 25 teams, including five rookie teams! Five of our veteran teams advanced to state championship tournaments.

Veteran Teams Advance to State! 

The Indiana GCNWI team, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Robot, competed in one of the many robotics competitions that took place in November and qualified for the state championship. At state, they were awarded the first-place award for Robot Strategy & Innovation as well as received a trophy for excellence in Robot programming.

Now that the season has ended, our girls are working on their Silver Award and have decided to sponsor a toothbrush drive for less fortunate members of our community. Their experience at the state competition, also led them to create a long-term strategy to pass the team on to younger girls.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Robot holding their trophy at the state competition.

The Super Bots competed at the state qualifiers for the fourth year in a row and swept away the competition, earning 212 points on their first table run. They earned the Tournament Champion award and qualified them to also compete at state level in January. They received the award for “Excellence in Robot Design.” These girls were one of the teams invited to tournaments in Turkey and Australia, which is a wonderful recognition!

Congratulations to the Super Bots!

Team Radioactive is small but mighty! They managed to capture the Championship trophy and advance to the state finals at the Vernon Hills qualifier in December.  At the state championship in January, these ladies took home the “Gracious Professionalism” award, which was well deserved.    

The Cybourg T.U.R.T.L.E.S. are fascinated by space exploration. Their initiative impressed the judges when they presented a 50+ question personality survey about Mars readiness, and this earned them the Project Award. They also advanced to state, where they made their best table runs of the season.  

These Cybourg T.U.R.T.L.E.S are ready for space exploration!

Rookie Teams Also Earned Recognition

Funding from BNY Mellon helped make it possible to add five new teams to our robotics programs!  

Holmes Hawks loved their first year as robotics team members!

Rookie team Holmes Hawks competed at their first qualifier in December. The team worked collaboratively to complete the competition’s course, and while they did not place, it never diminished their enthusiasm. The demonstrated exceptional problem-solving skills, collaborating and hypothesizing on how to run their mission. Their persistence and optimism earned them the “Rookie Award” for the competition, and they are excited to compete again next year. They plan to complete five missions!  

Another rookie team, the Slimemaniacsqualified for state on their first attempt! They also earned the award for Core Values. At the state championship tournament the girls won the “Rookie Award”!    

All our LEGO Robotics Teams together.

Learn More about Robotics! 

Girl Scouts offers programs and badges designed to learn more about robotics! You can attend a Design Your Own Robot Badge workshop to learn about what robots do and how they help people, then design your own! 

Get involved in LEGO Robotics

The Girl Scouts GCNWI LEGO program is in partnership with FIRST Robotics. You can be a part of the excitement! Applications open annually in May to participate in the following season.

We are looking for teams of Girl Scouts, who have between 2 – 10 participants, two team leaders, and are willing to dedicate 1 – 2 hours per week on LEGO Robotics from September through December. Girl Scouts participating do not necessarily need to be from the same troop.

As a part of a FIRST LEGO Robotics team within Girl Scouts GCNWI, teams will:

  • Design, build, test, and program robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS ® technology;
  • Apply real-world math and science concepts;
  • Research challenges facing today’s scientists;
  • Learn critical thinking, team-building, and presentation skills;
  • Participate in team meetings, tournaments, and celebrations.

Sign-up to be notified with the 2019-2020 applications are open!

Girl Scouts GCNWI Career Day Recap: STEM Takes the Lead!

On President’s Day 2019, Girl Scouts from Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana explored careers in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM) with presenting sponsors DeloitteMolex, and Intren, and at other programs hosted by Groupon and NiSource.

Read on for highlights from each Career Day event which helped inspire and lead girls on greater paths within STEAM.

Girl Scouts Learn Business Chemistry at Deloitte

Deloitte hosted Girl Scouts for an Introduction to Business Chemistry and Women in the Workplace! Girls that participated in the day discussed resiliency, networking and self-promotion and learned about how their own personality types interact best with others through Deloitte’s Business Chemistry program.

Girl Scouts Networked with Women in Electronics STEM Fields

The Connect with STEAM was a Career Day style event coordinated by both our local Girl Scouts organization and the Molex WBC.  Molex welcomed a record 40+ girls, 10 parents/troop leaders, and 20 Molex volunteers! The Girl Scouts were split into three groups and rotated through three activities:

  1. An engineering focused build a circuit activity;
  2. A team building/manufacturing focused activity where the girls built and tested paper airplanes;
  3. A coding focused activity where the girls learned the basic concepts of writing and reading code.

They finished the day with a question and answer panel featuring five ladies from Molex with STEM related careers in Accounting, Engineering, IT, Pricing, etc.

One Girl Scout facilitator noted, “The girls were fired up by the keynote speaker, and enjoyed the squishy circuits, the airplane assembly lines, the robot activity, and the inspiring career panel at the end. It was a great opportunity for girls to engage with hands-on activities and many inspiring women.”

Girl Scouts Explore Energy at Intren

Intren’s Girl Scouts Career Day, “Explore Energy with Intren,” inspired Girl Scouts interested in joining the fast-growing energy industry which is currently male-dominated.

Girls built an electrical circuit, got up close and personal with the hefty machinery used to build utilities groundwork, and met and networked with women in the STEM field. The girls had a great time engaging with women in the industry and loved having their eyes open to new possibilities!

Girl Scouts Explore Engineering at Groupon

Groupon hosted “Scout Out Engineering at Groupon.” The girls worked with circuit boards and participated in coding activities, as well as exploring the offices with a scavenger hunt.   

One Girl Scout parent told us, “The girls loved the program and loved meeting so many volunteers and [Girl] Scouts from other troops! It was a really special program and we hope that such a program continues to flourish.

“In speaking with the girls on the way home after the event, the girls talked endlessly about being at Groupon, and building circuits (both the frustration of building, the thrill of perseverance and in successfully seeing the light illuminate).  They also commented on how great it was the circuit boards like that don’t need to be built anymore and how great new technology is (and clearly why circuit boards like the one they were building aren’t used anymore because of the fickle nature of the connections and board).”

Girl Scouts Introduced to Engineering at NiSource

NiSource hosted another one of their recurring and successful “NIPSCO Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day!” Girl Scouts has an insightful safety demonstration, participated in a Q&A panel with women, and competed in an engineering challenge! 

The Girl Scouts were able to learn about the potential for careers in engineering while having fun experiencing new and exciting things about STEM!

Learn more about STEM

Girl Scouts GCNWI hosts a multitude of STEM Career Day Exploration programs on school “off” days (such as President’s Day, Columbus Day, and MLK Day). Keep your eyes peeled for our 2019-2020 programs which will be announced this fall!

STEMapalooza Registration Open Now!

Learn more about STEM in a hands-on way, and meet women in the field at STEMapalooza, the only Science expo made just for girls! Get tickets before they’re gone!

Don’t Sleep on these President’s Day STEM Career Days!

Girl Scouts can explore careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) at these upcoming GCNWI Programs, with presenting sponsors Deloitte, Molex and Intren!

Chemistry for Success at Deloitte

Monday Feb. 18 | 8:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Deloitte Offices, 111 S Wacker Drive, Floor 27, Chicago, IL 60606

Open to Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors (Grades 8 – 12)
Cost: $1 – Includes fun patch

Have you ever been curious as to how your personality gels with someone else’s? Join us for this Career Day with Deloitte where girls will learn about Business Chemistry and how their own personality types enable them to team with others. Discuss topics with women in business like: how to speak with confidence, increase resilience, and engage in Moments that Matter. Giveaways and fun patch included.

Registration ends Feb. 11!

Register for Chemistry for Success »

Molex Connect to STEAM Day

Monday, Feb. 18 | 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Molex, 2222 Wellington Ct., Lisle, IL 60532

Open to Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors (Grades 6 -12)
Cost: $5 – Includes fun patch and lunch

Do you have an interest in engineering and manufacturing? Experience all aspects of these fields at Molex with Build-A-Switch and Airplane engineering activities. Attendees will also experience a Q&A panel with Molex STEM women, plus a free lunch!

Registration closes Feb. 11

Sign up for Molex STEAM Day »


Explore Energy at Intren

Monday, Feb. 18 | 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Intren Offices, 3528 Martens St., Franklin Park, IL 60131

Open to Cadettes and Juniors (Grades 4 – 8)
Cost: $5 – Includes fun patch and snacks.

Will you be one of the trailblazing women who will join the fast-growing, currently male-dominated energy industry?  Energy is something we often take for granted, but what does it actually take to keep everything humming along? And how do women fit into the mix? Come explore Intren for day to find out how women are changing the energy industry and taking the lead – you could be next!  Founded over 30 years ago by a female entrepreneur, Intren is now a certified Women’s Business Enterprise.

At Intren, you will:

  • Build an electrical circuit to see how electricity works
  • Get up close and personal with the hefty machinery used to build utilities groundwork 
  • Play a game to learn about safety in the field
  • Meet accomplished women working throughout Intren in all areas of the business, including technology, HR and finance

Registration closes Feb. 11.

Register for Intren Chemistry Day »


Join us for STEMapalooza 2019!

Mar. 23, 2019, 1:00 – 4:30 p.m. | All Ages
GCNWI Friendship Center, 5100 Sunset Ln., Country Club Hills, IL 60478
$20 registration per girl includes a fun patch and swag | $10 per adult

The 8th annual STEMapalooza Science Expo is back! Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to join us on March 23 for this one-of-a-kind event!

At STEMapalooza, you’ll get to dive in to fun, hands-on STEM activities and tour the exhibit hall to learn more about museums and organizations with careers in STEM from across Chicagoland! Throughout the day there will be live science shows and demonstrations!

Older Girls (grades 6 – 12) are invited to join us for the After Party!

Register for STEMapalooza through our Program Website »

STEMapalooza Exhibitors

American Association of University Women (AAUW)
American Nuclear Society (ANS)
Argonne
Clarity Insight
CodeNinjas
Codinu
Codeverse
ComEd
Comptia
Conservation Foundation
Constructing Opportunity
Dunes Learning Center
Exelon
Feed My Starving Children
Field Museum
FM Global
Forest Preserve District of Will County
Forest Preserves of Cook County
Illinois Institute of Transportation Engineers
MakerGirl
Museum of Surgical Science
NASA
Nicor
Nisource
Oriental Institute
Polyform
REIMAGE Beauty
ReptileFest
Scitech Museum
Shedd Aquarium
Skender 
Southworks MakerLab
The Super Bots FLL Team
Women in Technology and Manufacturing
WTTW

Current as of Mar. 4, 2019


STEMapalooza After Party

Exclusively for Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors (Grades 6 – 12)

Mar. 23, 2019, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
NEW lower price! $5 registration per girl | $5 per adult

At the STEMapalooza After Party—which is exclusive to older Girl Scouts— you’ll meet inspiring women CEOs and entrepreneurs who turned their passions into professions.

Girls will learn the amazing stories of successful women in STEM, then interact with the presenters and other Girl Scouts in small groups. Refreshments will be served.

After Party Presenters

Katy Lynch, Co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer at Codeverse, the world’s first fully interactive coding school for kids, which was founded on the mission to teach one billion children to code.

Sonali Lamba, Founder of Brideside, an ecommerce business for bridesmaids dresses. Sonali works with the merchandise team to design the dress collection, and the technology team to create tools for the customer to help make this experience feel special.

Sakina Fakhruddin, Founder and CEO of Codinu which provides kids with a fun, collaborative, and all-inclusive classroom environment to learn coding.

Jamila Parham, founder of The Tech Unicorn™ a brand that is on a mission to create opportunities for women and minorities by educating, breaking down barriers and providing access to resources through mentorship, personal & professional development programs.

Nicole Yeary, founder and CEO of Ms.Tech CO, a company that encourages women to develop entrepreneurial management thinking, educated risk taking,creative problem solving, and inspirational, supportive leadership for their teams, organizations,and companies.

Don’t miss your opportunity to speak with some incredible women in STEM! You don’t have to attend STEMapalooza to join the after party.

Register for the STEMapalooza After Party »

Don’t miss out on 4 STEAM Career Exploration Programs

Girl Scouts can explore careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) at these upcoming GCNWI Programs, with presenting sponsors RSM, INTREN, Motorola Solutions, and PepsiCo!

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My Dream Life – Presented with RSM

Saturday, November 10
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Grades K – 3);
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Grades 4 – 8)

GCNWI Friendship Center, Country Club Hills, IL
Ages: Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies (Grades K – 3); Girl Scout Juniors and Cadettes (Grades 4 – 8)
New reduced registration price! Girl Registration $8 | First-year Troops, Girls: $5 | Adult Registration $5

Do you wish you could be an adult just for ONE DAY? Then you should attend My Dream Life!

At this fun, interactive adventure, Girl Scout Daisies through Cadettes (Grades K – 8) will get to try out different careers, then gain experience at earning, saving, and spending “money” all in the Dream Life world we create!

You will get to:

  • Open a bank account to keep your money safe;
  • Interact with real-life professionals while you determine your dream job;
  • Earn a paycheck and plan how you spend your money;
  • Then relax with a well-earned vacation!

Plus you’ll receive a fun patch and other fun swag! This signature program is presented by the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana and RSM, a global financial firm.

Register Daisies, Brownies (Grades K – 3) »  

Register Juniors and Cadettes (Grades 4 – 8) »  


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INTREN STEAM Career Exploration Day in Energy

Monday, November 12 (Veterans Day Observed)
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

INTREN Offices, Franklin Park, IL
Ages: Juniors and Cadettes (Grades 4-8)
Girl Registration $5 | Adult Registration Free

The energy industry is a fast-growing field, and women are joining the ranks more and more! Girl Scout Juniors and Cadettes (Grades 4-8) are invited to join GCNWI for a Career Exploration Day with INTREN, a leader in design and construction to support the electricity and gas industries.

At this event, you’ll learn how Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) play a role in energy careers. Plus, you will:

  • Meet women who are changing the energy industry and taking the lead;
  • Get hands-on experience building your own electrical circuit;
  • Get up close and personal with the technology that goes into construction equipment;
  • Learn about the varied careers available in the field, like Human Resources and Marketing;
  • Plus receive a fun patch!

Register for INTREN Career Exploration Day »


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The Faces of Bravery with Motorola Solutions: Women in Public Safety Career Exploration Day

Monday, November 12 (Veterans Day Observed)
10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Motorola Innovation Center, Chicago, IL
Ages: Cadettes and Juniors (Grades 4 – 8)
Girl Registration $5 | Adult Registration Free

Have you ever wanted to learn more about what it takes to be a female firefighter, police officer, or emergency responder? Girl Scout Cadettes and Juniors (Grades 4 – 8) are invited to join GSGCNWI for a Public Safety Career Exploration Day: The Faces of Bravery with Motorola Solutions.

Motorola Solutions provides critical services, software, and technology for the women and men in the public safety sector who keep our communities safe.

At this event, you will meet female firefighters, police officers, and emergency responders, and learn first-hand knowledge about each of these careers through fun, interactive activities! Plus, you’ll receive a fun patch!

Register for The Faces of Bravery with Motorola Solutions »


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Just How Does a Company Create a New Product? Career Exploration Day at PepsiCo

Monday, November 12 (Veterans Day Observed)
8:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

PepsiCo Research and Development Center, Barrington, IL
Ages: Cadettes (Grades 6-8)
Girl Registration $5 | Adult Registration Free

Pop Quiz Time!

QUESTION: What do Pepsi, Lay’s Potato Chips, Cap’n Crunch, Gatorade, Doritos, and Cheetos have in common?

ANSWER: They’re all developed by PepsiCo using Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM)!

Girl Scout Cadettes (Grades 6-8) are invited to join GSGCNWI at PepsiCo’s Research and Development Center for a Career Exploration Day! You’ll see first-hand how education in STEAM can lead to a variety of careers.

During this day you’ll get to meet the PepsiCo product developers themselves and learn all the steps it takes for a company to develop many of the tasty foods found at your local supermarket. Then you’ll even get to create your own new product!

Register for the PepsiCo Career Exploration Day »

Update on GoldieBlox Kits and Mechanical Engineering Badges

Update on GoldieBlox Kits and Mechanical Engineering Badges

What are the Mechanical Engineering Badges?

Last summer, GSUSA released new STEM badges nationally. There are new badges and journeys for each level of Girl Scouts. Six of the new awards are Mechanical Engineering badges, where girls explore the engineering process with fun, hands-on activities. These badges are unique because they approach STEM in a new way using trial and error as a main focus. The girls are encouraged to make mistakes, and then try again and again, as they learn how to become innovators and problem solvers.

The six new Mechanical Engineering Badges are all described in detail on the Volunteer Toolkit:

  • Daisy Board Game Design Challenge
  • Daisy Model Car Design Challenge
  • Daisy Roller Coaster Design Challenge
  • Brownie Fling Flier Design Challenge
  • Brownie Leap Bot Design Challenge
  • Brownie Race Car Design Challenge

What are the GoldieBlox kits?

70246_main-01GSUSA partnered with GoldieBlox to offer custom kits that troops could use to earn their Mechanical Engineering badges. Each kit contains all of the materials necessary to earn any of the three Daisy Mechanical Engineering badges and the three Brownie Mechanical Engineering badges. The kit contains pieces that snap, click, or link together that girls use to create innovative new designs.

What is the availability of GoldieBlox kits?

Last year, GSUSA partnered with GoldieBlox to offer specially priced kits that troops could use to earn their Mechanical Engineering badges. Due to supply chain limitations, Girl Scouts can no longer order the kits. However, the kits that troops and councils have already purchased can still be used to complete the Mechanical Engineering badges. Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GSGCNWI) purchased GoldieBlox kits, and these kits are now available for you to rent!

How will girls earn their Mechanical Engineering badges if they don’t have GoldieBlox kits?

GSUSA has created “unplugged” or “DIY” Mechanical Engineering badge requirements for Daisies and Brownies. (“Unplugged” or “DIY” means that the activities can be done with common household objects rather than a special kit.)

Plus, GSGCNWI ordered GoldieBlox kits that you can rent! Here are the details about how to rent a kit:

  • Visit a GSGCNWI Shop and complete a rental agreement.
  • Rent a kit from GSGCNWI for four (4) weeks at the discounted price of $35.
  • Get access to all the kit’s pieces needed to complete the the Mechanical Engineering badges for a Daisy or Brownie troop of up to 12 girls.
  • You can even save yourself a trip and buy the badges while you rent your kit.

Now Daisies and Brownies will have three options for earning their Mechanical Engineering badges:

  • They can use the unplugged/DIY version. The directions for the DIY version are on the Volunteer Toolkit online.
  • They can rent a GoldieBlox kit from a GSGCNWI Shop location.
  • They can use GoldieBlox kits if they already have them.

How can volunteers and girls get the new DIY requirements?

PDFs of the new DIY requirements are posted on the Volunteer Toolkit online.

How can volunteers get the current GoldieBlox requirements?

Troop leaders who have GoldieBlox kits can find the current GoldieBlox badge requirements on the Volunteer Toolkit. The current GoldieBlox badge requirements and physical badges are not included in the GoldieBlox kits.

What about the physical badges?

The physical badges will remain the same for Daisies and Brownies. They can be purchased at any GSGCNWI Shop location and online.

And a final note…

We’re grateful to GoldieBlox for their collaboration and for their diligent efforts to find a solution to the inventory issue. As engineers say: Let’s try something new. We will either succeed or we will learn something. We succeeded in creating new STEM badges that are fun for girls to earn and easy for volunteers to facilitate. We learned a great deal about meeting demand for program-related products. We’ll use that knowledge as we continue to test new ways to give girls a great STEM experience.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. If you have questions, please contact:

Council Programming and GoldiBlox Rental: Rose Coughlen, Manager of STEAM Programming, 312.912.6309 or RCoughlen@girlscoutsgcnwi.org

Girl Scout Team Places at World LEGO Robotics Championship

Girl Scout Team Places at World LEGO Robotics Championship

Girl Scouts are pioneers when it comes to innovation, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Newton Busters, a team from Wilmette, Illinois, earned 10th place at the FIRST LEGO League World Championships earlier this year in St. Louis.

“Getting to the world championships was really cool,” said Yara Goldina, a 16-year-old Girl Scout Ambassador. “There were a lot of teams and they were all pretty advanced, so it was really interesting to see all of the different robots and strategies. It was also our first time getting to far in FTC and because we’re only a second-year team, I thought it was really cool that we go through to the last level and performed pretty well.”

Teammate Simone Wall, a 17-year-old Girl Scout Ambassador, agreed.

“I really enjoyed my experience. The days were long and tiring, but in a good way,” she shared. “It was interesting to see all of the creative solutions people came up with and to talk to them about their design and how they came up with it. It was also fun to meet teams from others countries – some of them spent almost 24 hours traveling just to make it to St. Louis.”

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The four-day event featured more than 15,000 students from 33 countries. In preparation for the competition, the Newtown Busters team performed driving tests for their robot and held meetings to practice their presentation.

“We focused a lot on testing robot components this year to improve them,” said Athena Zheng. “We mainly tested our robot for any imperfections in our programs, as well as revised some mechanisms of our robot to make it more efficient.”

Simone was also happy to see her design come to life.

“With Newton Busters, I was able to learn a lot more about programming, hardware design and fabrication,” she said. “It was exciting to see a design I drew out on paper become a real thing that actually worked.”

Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana (GSGCNWI) has sponsored more than 500 girls on teams in LEGO Robotics programming throughout the last seven years. This year, Girl Scouts LEGO Robotics program sponsored 27 teams at various levels of FIRST Robotics for a total of 140 girls.

“We’re committed to encouraging girls to embrace their imaginations and develop the creative problem-solving skills that will empower them to tackle 21st-century challenges in their communities, classrooms, careers and beyond,” said Candice Schaefer, director of program for GSGCNWI.

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The Girl Scouts LEGO Robotics program is made possible through generous funding from Exelon and additional funding from Motorola Solutions Foundation.

“What we love about the LEGO Robotics program is that it helps gets young girls interested in STEM in a really fun and creative way,” said Steve Solomon, vice president, Exelon Corporation in Chicago. “We fund programs like this one to get more young women interested STEM and thinking about careers in the energy industry. Not only does it teach them skills to build the robots, but this program teaches problem-solving, critical-thinking and team-building skills which they can use throughout their lives.”

Gloria Fountain, a Girl Scout troop leader and Newton Busters coach, couldn’t agree more.

“Girl Scouts helps our girls recognize their potential so that when they go into a male-dominated industry, they feel empowered,” she said. “At the end of the day, I’m so amazed by their journey,” said Gloria Fountain. “They start with nothing and create innovative solutions. People marvel at their presentations and it’s so amazing.”

In addition to the LEGO Robotics program, ComEd, an Exelon company, also hosts an annual Icebox Derby competition for young women.

“Girl Scouts has provided me multiple opportunities to learn about STEM,” said Athena, who has also participated in ComEd’s Icebox Derby. “In FTC, I have learned how to innovate new solutions to problems; write programs for testing; analyze date results from our test programs; create complex algorithms to complete tasks and much more.”

Newton Buster teammate and fellow Icebox Derby competitor Jasmine Wu has also enjoyed learning more about STEM through Girl Scouts.

“Girl Scouts helped me develop my love for STEM by creating and sponsoring so many programs,” Jasmine, a 16-year-old Girl Scout Ambassador, said. “In the summer of 2014, I took part in the Icebox Derby. We built a car from a fridge and raced it. My interest in STEM was furthered when we won and traveled to the national flight academy the next year.”

“Girl Scouts helped our team stay together so that we could afford to participate in FTC and les us continue to build robots and compete,” said Yara, who plans to pursue a career in mechanical engineering. “They encourage us to keep going and work hard to learn more.”

And the encouragement doesn’t stop there. Several of the girls have mentored younger Girl Scouts who’ve expressed an interest in STEM.

“I have been mentoring Girl Scout [First LEGO League] teams since fifth grade and find it so rewarding since all the girls gain so much from the experience,” said Samantha Fountain, a 15-year-old Girl Scout Senior. “Girl Scouts is the perfect place to find STEM activities to try and see if you have a passion for it.”

To learn more about the Girl Scout LEGO Robotics program, click here.