Two Girl Scout robotics teams from Franklin County participated in FIRST® LEGO® League’s (FLL) TRASH TREKSM Challenge at South Central High School in Winterville on Saturday, November 14, 2015.
In their rookie year and with the highest robot run score of the competition, Girl Scout’s Purple People Eaters team was named the 2015 Challenge Grand Champion. The team, which is coached by Girl Scout volunteer Hillary Andrews, also placed third in the Robot Performance category.
“We are so proud of what these teams have accomplished in this challenge and it is inspiring to see them excelling while working together. They have set a wonderful example for all girls and women who are interested in STEM,” said Lisa Jones, CEO of Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines.
In addition, Girl Scout’s Applesauce Agents team earned first place in Mechanical Design category and placed third in the overall competition. Coached by Girl Scout volunteer Wendy Floyd, this marks the third year this team has participated in the regional FLL Robotics competition.
When teams go to competition, they are judged in several different areas including teamwork, core values, robot design, and robot performance. Over 22 teams participated in the regional challenge in Winterville. The Purple People Eaters and Applesauce Agents teams will both advance to participate in the state championship which will be held at N.C. A&T University on January 23-24, 2016.
FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) introduces younger students to real-world problems such as recycling, energy, and food safety, and challenges teams to develop an engineering solution. Using LEGO MINDSTORM® technology, teams design, build and program a robot to create a solution for the presented problem. This year’s theme, TRASH TREKSM We’re not talking trash – we’re cleaning it up., allowed more than 233,000 children ages 9 to 16 from over 80 countries to explore the fascinating world of trash.