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Robotics Program

Robotics Program

Fall interest list now forming! Girl list here. Adult list here

Do you like to build things? Ready for a new challenge? Girls ages 6-18 can join all-girl robotics teams. In this program, Girl Scouts work together to build, test, and program robots—then compete against other teams in western Washington and beyond!

Adult volunteers guide the teams through the challenge as they identify underlying problems and develop an innovative solution through research, critical thinking, and creativity. It's a techie way to make the world a better place!

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Join a FIRST LEGO League Team

These robotics teams are run through the FIRST program. There are three different age-based leagues: FIRST LEGO League Junior (ages 6-10), FIRST LEGO League (ages 9-14) and FIRST Tech Challenge (grades 12-18).  

FIRST LEGO League JR. (ages 6-10)

Teams: Teams are made up of six girls, plus two adult volunteer coaches. Girl Scouts of Western Washington staff work to coordinate girls with coaches and teams in their area, but placement is dependent on mutual coach and girl availability and cannot be guaranteed up-front.

Timeline: There are two sessions for FLL JR. The first will run in the fall, approximately October-January. The second will run in the winter, approximately January to April. Exacts dates are determined by FIRST Washington – check back for updated information! 

Cost: We use a tiered pricing model (see ‘Robotics and Tiered Pricing’ for more information) Tier A: $60 Tier B: $40 Tier C: $20. Both financial assistance or Cookie Dough can be used. 

Materials:
 Each Girl Scout team receives support, including the registration and competition fees, use of one laptop with WeDo® software, use of one WeDo® robotics kit with rechargeable battery and one challenge kit, custom team t-shirts, and volunteer preparation and support.

FIRST LEGO League (ages 9-14)

Teams: Teams are made up of six-ten girls, plus two adult volunteer coaches. Girl Scouts of Western Washington staff work to coordinate girls with coaches and teams in their area, but placement is dependent on mutual coach and girl availability and cannot be guaranteed up-front.

Timeline: Teams are finalized between June and August. After that, each group typically meets once a week, (but teams can structure their own schedule) between the program kick-off in late-August and the regional competition events in December (January, if a team advances).

Cost: We use a tiered pricing model (see ‘Robotics and Tiered Pricing’ for more information) Tier A: $100 Tier B: $75 Tier C: $50. Both financial assistance or Cookie Dough can be used.

Materials: Each Girl Scout team receives support, including the registration and competition fees, use of one laptop with MINDSTORMS® software, use of one MINDSTORMS® robotics kit with rechargeable battery and one challenge kit, reimbursement  for one 4’ x 8’ regulation table, custom team t-shirts, and volunteer preparation and support.

FIRST Tech Challenge (ages 12-18)

Teams: Teams are made up of 7-15 girls, plus two adult volunteer coaches. Girl Scouts of Western Washington staff work to coordinate girls with coaches and teams in their area, but placement is dependent on mutual coach and girl availability and cannot be guaranteed up-front. *

Timeline: Teams are finalized between May and June. This is our most highly competitive league and teams typically meet at least twice a week. Most teams hold several meetings during the spring and summer, then begin weekly practice in the fall.

Cost: Team price can vary widely depending on what design choices teams make and the tools they feel are necessary. An approximate estimate is that the per-girl season cost for a team of 10 is approximately $500. Teams are expected to money-earn to cover these costs and will have additional support from council in meeting these goals.  

Materials: Team materials will vary based on team decisions around robot design. All teams are guaranteed a computer, regulation robot kit (Matrix or Tetrix), controllers, and an electronics set. Teams will also have access to a shared GSWW competition field.  

Girl Scout Spring Robotics League

Girl Scout Spring Robotics League is our spring “non-competitive” league. It is meant as an introduction to robotics and will run approximately April through May.

Teams: Teams will have a minimum of six girls and two adult volunteer coaches and girls will have the option to compete at Girl Scout run scrimmages.

Timeline: The program will run approximately April through May.

Materials: Materials such as a computer, robot and challenge kit will be included. Trainings for adults and girls can be arranged on request.

Cost: Spring League costs a flat rate of $20 per girl. Both financial assistance or Cookie Dough can be used. 

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Robotics and Tiered Pricing 

To keep robotics affordable for all families, we’ve adopted a voluntary tiered pricing structure. Tiered pricing gives each family the opportunity to choose the pricing option that works best for them. All participants will have the same experience regardless of which prices the family can afford.

The tiered pricing breakdown:

Tier A: The actual per-girl cost of running a robotics team. This includes costs like materials, program fees and staffing. By covering the full cost of participation, you enable us to offer more opportunities at every price point.

Tier B: The partially subsidized cost of robotics. For families that can pay a little more than our traditional fees, but not the actual cost.

Tier C: Our lowest participation fee. These rates are subsidized through fundraising, special events and the hard work of Girl Scouts during the Girl Scout Cookie Sale. 

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Ready to Join?

Whether you have a group of girls together or want to join an existing team, fill out our girl interest form. Want to participate as an adult? Fill out this adult form to volunteer as a coach or mentor! You can also email us to find out more.