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Join GSSJC’s Robotics League

September, 2013

Join GSSJC’s Robotics League

For seven years, Girl Scouts of the United States (GSUSA) has partnered with For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, FIRST, to offer opportunities in Robotics. The mission of the FIRST program is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills. The experience also inspires innovation and fosters well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence.

First LEGO League inspires future scientists and engineers. Guided by imagination and adult mentors, FLL students ages 9-14, face real world engineering challenges, discover career possibilities and learn to make positive contributions to society. FLL is a partnership between FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and the LEGO Group.

The teams have the opportunity to:

  • Design, build and program robots
  • Use LEGO MINDSTORMS technology
  • Learn teamwork skills
  • Research challenges facing today's scientists
  • FLL teams compete in tournaments and present their solutions to a panel of judges

View http://www.firstlegoleague.org/ for further details about the competitions and FLL.

This coming year's FLL theme is Nature's Fury. The 2013 Challenge will explore the awe-inspiring storms, quakes, waves and more that we call natural disasters. Teams will discover what can be done when intense natural events meet the places people live, work, and play.

GSSJC will help sponsor and coach First LEGO League (FLL) Teams, so if you love robotics, science, math or engineering, this competitive team sport might interest you. To join, contact Emily Kremer at 713-292-0343 or ekremer@sjgs.org.

Coaches are also needed! FIRST programs also involve thousands of volunteers - from mentoring a team to being a referee at a competition. If you have science, technology or engineering expertise, or if you just want to be a part of the program. You don't have to be an expert, you just need to be a committed "coach" who wants to get involved.