Baton Rouge Girl Scouts kick off Robotic team with informational meeting on August 21
Girls, ages 9-14, interested in designing, building, and programming a robot are invited to the Girl Scouts First LEGO League kick-off and informational meeting on Tuesday, August 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Girl Scouts Regional Service Center, 545 Colonial Drive in Baton Rouge
Participation in the First Lego League introduces girls to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. The team of about 10 girls is coached and mentored by members of the Society of Women Engineers.
“We meet weekly at the Girl Scout regional office during tournament season which runs from late August to early December to prepare for the regional qualification in November,” said Diane Doise, with the Society of Women Engineers. “This year’s tournament is December 8 in New Orleans.”
Any interested girl (non-Girl Scouts welcome) and her guardian are encouraged to attend the August 21st kick off, or to email Doise at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once a girl has determined she wants to participate, an application and $25 per participant will need to be submitted to the Girl Scouts Louisiana East council, attention Kevin Shipp. Applications can be downloaded at www.gsle.org/events/documents/2012FirstLEGOLeagueApplicationForm.pdf
The council also sponsors a LEGO robotics team in New Orleans that meets at the council headquarters in Jefferson. The council is interested in forming additional robotic teams, but needs additional locations for the teams to meet and funding. It costs approximately $1,300 to start a robotics LEGO team.
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