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Troop Tuesday: Girl Scouts Win Award in FIRST LEGO League Competition

Legos aren’t just for boys. In fact, an increasing number of Girl Scouts are using these plastic building blocks to learn about science, technology, engineering and math—and they’re winning awards while they do it.

Every year, the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) challenges children and teens ages 9 to 14 to critically think about real-life problems and how they can be solved. This year, the theme was “Nature’s Fury.” Participants had to come up with innovative solutions to problems caused by natural disasters. Of the six Girl Scout teams that competed last season, Got Cookies and The Lego Ladies earned accolades from the judges. 

The Lego Ladies consisted of eight Juniors and Cadettes from Troops 362 and 436. The girls chose to focus on avalanches and worked to solve the problem of young adults ignoring safety advisories at Kachina Peaks in northern Arizona.

The girls met weekly for four months, building the required Lego obstacle course required for the project, researching possible solutions, laughing over their favorite snacks and working as a team.

Their hard work paid off. In the South Phoenix regional tournament, the Lego Ladies took home the Robot Showcase Award, which recognizes initiative in promoting technology and innovation.

Tournament Regional Director, Levar Patterson, said “The Lego Ladies received the award, in part because of their gracious professionalism. They demonstrated poise and the spirit of friendly cooperation throughout the competition. They also had such beautiful things to say about one of their coaches. In fact, their persuasive testimonies put their coach in close contention for the Coach/Mentor Award."

The deadline to form a robotics team is August 8. Contact Laura Torres at ltorres@girlscoutsaz.org for info on how to join a team or form your own!