Girl Scouts of Utah offers FIRST robotics teams to help our girls get involved in a long-term STEM activity. FIRST includes Lego League, Lego League Jr, and FIRST Tech Challenge. Half of girls participating in a Girl Scout FIRST team reported that participating had increased their interest in science or engineering (GSRI, 2016). Teams are available in the following ages:
- FIRST Lego League Jr – grades K-4. Girls build and program a simple machine based on the theme of the year.
- FIRST Lego League – grades 4-8. 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.
- FIRST Tech Challenge – grades 7-12. Girls build a robot out of various materials to complete different challenges around a theme.
FIRST sign-ups will be released over the summer. Teams will be formed based on the location of interested 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.
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 email@example.com.
Learn more about the FIRST robotics program at FIRST’s Website here.