Girl Scouts of Utah offers FIRST robotics teams to help our girls get involved in a long-term STEM activity. FIRST includes Lego League Explore and Lego League Challenge. Half of girls participating in a Girl Scout FIRST team reported that participating had increased their interest in science or engineering (GSRI, 2016). Council-sponsored FIRST teams for the 2020-21 season are forming now. Teams are available in the following ages:
- FIRST Lego League Explore - Grades 1-4 (ages 6-10). Girls build and program a simple machine based on the theme of the year as well as make a poster about research they have done on that topic. Teams show their machine and project at an Expo. A team consists of 2 coaches and 4-6 girls.
- FIRST Lego League Challenge - Grades 4-8 (ages 9-14). Girls build and program a Lego robot to perform challenges based on a theme. Girls also design and share an engineering project based around the same theme. Teams compete in a regional competition and may move on to the state tournament. A team consists of two coaches and 5-10 girls.
If you have a girl who is interested in a FIRST team or you are interested in coaching a FIRST team, please fill out the interest survey. Teams are formed in late summer and early fall based on the location and availability of girls and coaches. Teams run early fall through early winter but may vary based on level and timing of competitions.
Interested coaches should register for the coaches information session and training on August 11, 2020. Coaches can be any gender but must become a Girl Scouts of Utah member and pass a background check. Coaches do not need to have a STEM background to coach, just a willingness to learn. One coach must be certified in CPR/First Aid.
Interested girls and families are welcome at the FIRST Open House on August 20, 2020. Girls who join a robotics team must be Girl Scouts of Utah members. The fee for the season is $15/girl.
Please email questions about FIRST teams to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn more about the FIRST robotics program at FIRST’s Website here.