STAMFORD, Conn. -- Thanks to money from Pitney Bowes and Motorola, the Girl Scouts of Connecticut will participate in the FIRST Junior LEGO League and the FIRST Lego League competitions.
“It’s a great trend that we have more and more girls interested each year,” said Ellyn Savard, STEM Program Initiatives Manager at Girl Scouts of Connecticut. “FIRST is a terrific organization that helps kids get interested in engineering and technology. We are grateful to have the support of Pitney Bowes and Motorola. They help make it possible for us to continue to encourage girls to take on STEM-related activities.”
Thirty-two girls from two Norwalk teams and two Fairfield teams will compete this year. Two hundred Girl Scouts from across the state will participate in the competitions this year.
Teams have eight weeks to build an autonomous robot that will carry out pre-designed missions in 2 minutes and 30 seconds. Referees score and monitor the event, and judges review the teams' presentation.
“Women are team players, and nationally, it is important to get women interested in STEM — we need to start with our girls," Savard said.