Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines is excited to announce that its all-girl robotics team, the Gadget Girls, was presented with the 2016 Imagery Award at the FIRST North Carolina District, Wake County Robotics competition. The Wake County District event was held on March 12-13, 2016, at Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School.
Celebrating attractiveness in engineering and outstanding visual aesthetic integration of machine and team appearance, the Imagery Award is honor of American illustrator Jack Kamen, for his dedication to art and illustration and his devotion to FIRST. Jack Kamen, who designed the logo for the FIRST program, is the late father of FIRST founder and president, and inventor of the Segway, Dean Kamen.
Over a six week design period which began in January, the Gadget Girls team conceptualized, designed, built, and programmed their robot, which is adorned appropriately by Girl Scout Cookie boxes, for this year’s competition. In addition to the cookie box flair on the robot, the Gadget Girls also adorn a girl-designed team T-shirt with a “cookie robot” and team logo, and hot pink hard hats to round out the aesthetics that helped earn this award.
“Creating opportunities for girls to explore science, technology, engineering and math, and exposing girls to role models in these fields are essentials pieces of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience,” said Lisa Jones, chief executive officer at Girl Scouts – NC Coastal Pines. “We are so proud of our Gadget Girls robotics team and are inspired to see them lead the next generation of girls and young women excelling in STEM.”
Every January, FIRST unveils the competition’s 'game” and entering teams receive a kit of common parts that are used to build the core systems of the robot — but the teams won’t find an instruction manual. This year’s competition challenge, STRONGHOLDSM, is a medieval castle-themed game played by two alliances of three robots each. Alliances are on a quest to breach their opponents’ fortifications, weaken their tower with boulders, and capture the opposing tower. Robots score points by breaching opponents’ defenses and launching boulders through goals in the opposing tower. During the final 20 seconds of the quest, robots may surround and scale the opposing tower to capture it.
“At Girl Scouts, we work every day to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place,” added Jones. By offering this cooperative, hands-on robotics program, Girl Scouts are learning how STEM fields can help achieve their goals now and in the future.”
The team, which is comprised of six Girl Scouts ranging from grades 9 to 12, is also supported by nine adult mentors. FIRST Robotics is the premier engineering challenge for middle and high school students and will hold a second regional competition at Campbell University in Johnston County April 2-3, 2016. The Gadget Girls team will travel to the competition in hopes of qualifying for the state-wide challenge competition which will be held the weekend of April 9-10, 2016, on the campus of UNC-Charlotte. You can learn more about our Gadget Girls by visiting their website!