Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines is excited to announce that its all-girl robotics team, the Gadget Girls, attended the second qualifying round of the 2017 FIRST Robotics Competition at the Greensboro District Event on March 10 and 11, 2017.
The Gadget Girls attended the first qualifying round in Pitt County earlier this month where they competed in the playoffs after being selected by the #3 alliance. The alliance consisted of Team 435, the Robodogs of Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School, and Team 6500, GearCats of Millbrook High School, in Raleigh. Competing against 30 teams from across North Carolina, the Girl Scout’s Gadget Girls team has conceptualized, designed, built, and programmed their robot for this year’s competition over the last six weeks. Under strict rules, limited resources, and an intense time limit, Gadget Girls were challenged to raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors.
The team, which is comprised of eight Girl Scouts ranging from grades 9 to 12, is also supported by five adult mentors. FIRST Robotics is the premier engineering challenge for middle and high school students. After this second qualifying round takes place at University of North Carolina – Greensboro, the Gadget Girls will volunteer at the Wake County event at Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School on March 24-25, 2017.
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, STEAMWORKSTM, invites two adventurers’ clubs, in an era where steam power reigns, to prepare their airships for a long-distance race. Each three-team alliance prepares in three ways by building steam pressure, starting rotors, and preparing for flight.
According to the Girl Scout Research Institute, 77% of girls reported an interest in pursuing technology careers. With girls pursuing activities in STEM and Robotics like Gadget Girls, Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines provides even more opportunities for girls to learn in-demand skill sets, pursue their passions in technology fields, and develop important leadership skills.
STEM programming remains a top priority for Girl Scouts as we continue to help build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.
For more information about Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines and its STEM programs for girls, please visit www.nccoastalpines.org or call (800) 284-4475