Local Girl Scouts competing in FIRST LEGO League
Posted: Friday, October 12, 2012 9:17 pm
Kayla Bryant (center) and Jessica Narr, Cadets with Girl Scouts Troop 40026 based in Troy, recently got a little help building a table from Lowe’s employee James Wood
Girl Scout Troop 40026 based in Troy is taking on a new challenge with the FIRST LEGO League.
FIRST, which means “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology,” was started by Dean Kamen in 1989 to help inspire young people to be more involved in science, technology, engineering and math.
The FIRST LEGO League is the division for children ages 9-14 years olds who are in fourth through eighth grades. Each team is made of six to 10 girls and at least one adult mentor.
The local cadets are sponsored by the Girl Scouts, Motorola and Lowe’s of Union City and are currently seeking more sponsors.
FIRST has three parts in which to compete.
Project is where teams are given a challenge and they have to find innovative solutions and present it in an entertaining way in less than five minutes. This year’s theme is “Senior Solution.” The local Girl Scouts’ project is to partner with a senior (age 60 or older) and find out what they miss most and help them be able to that function again. Teams can invent something that is real or imaginative but they must do real research and use the technology that is already available to invent something new.
Robot Game is where the teams are given 14 missions based on the theme “Senior Solutions” to complete with the autonomous Lego robot in 2 1/2 minutes. The girls must build and program the robot to be able to compete in tournaments.
FLL Core Values are the values that FIRST is founded on. The girls will be judged on these during the Project and the Robot Game, as well as any time during the competition. There are judges who watch how the girls act the whole time they are attending the event.
The LEGO Core Values include:
• We are a team.
• We do the work to find solutions with guidance from our coaches and mentors.
• We know our coaches and mentors don’t have all the answers; we learn together.
• We honor the spirit of friendly competition.
• What we discover is more important than what we win.
• We share our experiences with others.
• We display Gracious Professionalism® and Cooperation® in everything we do.
• We have FUN!
More information about the program can be found at www.USFirst.org.
The local Cadets meet 3:10-5 p.m. Tuesdays in the activities building of Troy United Methodist Church for regular Girl Scout meeting items and the FLL Project. They also meet 3:10-5 p.m. on Thursdays in troop leader Jackie Narr’s pool house to work specifically on FLL and Girl Scout badges that relate to FLL.
The girls will compete in the Tennessee West Region Championship from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Dec. 8 in Memphis. They also are planning to travel to World Festival in St. Louis April 24-27, 2013. If they qualify, they will compete at that festival.
Residents can help support the local troop by participating in their fundraising efforts throughout the year. They are currently promoting their MagNut sale, where they are taking order for magazines, nuts and candy,
For more information about the LEGO program locally or about the Girl Scouts’ Cadet troop, call Mrs. Narr at 504-9087.
Published in The Messenger 10.12.12