Fall 2018 Interest List now forming! Learn more.
Ready for a new challenge? Daisies through Ambassadors can form
all-Girl Scout robotics teams where you’ll work together to build,
test, and program robots—then compete against other teams in western
Washington and beyond!
Adult Coaches and Mentors guide teams through challenges as they
identify underlying problems, use research to develop innovative
solutions, practice critical thinking and creativity. It’s a techie
way to make the world a better place!
Through grant funding from Google, Motorola, and KeyBank, Girl Scouts
of Western Washington is able to provide a subsidized way for Girl
Scouts to engage and learn robotics with hands-on STEM experience via
the worldwide FIRST
Robotics program. Girl Scouts will program robots, plan
projects, and represent themselves at co-ed competitions and show the
world exactly what girls can do!
Team coordination is mostly self-directed and done at the individual
and group level. STEM Program staff cannot guarantee participation but
will work to connect Girl Scouts looking to join with teams in their
area that have open spots so that the maximum number of girls can have
access to this amazing opportunity.
How Girl Scouts of Western Washington Supports FIRST Teams
FIRST registration and competition fees
- Use of
laptop with software
- Use of robotics kit
Kit (Yearly challenge parts and Field Mat)
- Custom team
- Reimbursement for materials, snacks, some travel
expenses (max amount varies per level—additional team fundraising
may be required if advancing to competitions)
- Coach support
- Network of Girl Scout Teams, experienced
teams and coaches as well as access to FIRST mentors and
Robotics and Tiered Pricing
Our subsidized program reduces the cost of participation in FIRST
Robotics by up to 90%. By recouping some part of the program costs
through program fees, we are able to provide more robotics
opportunities over all. To keep robotics affordable for all members,
we’ve adopted a voluntary tiered pricing structure. Tiered pricing
gives each member the opportunity to choose the pricing option that
works best for them. All participants will have the same experience
regardless of which tier they register at. Both financial assistance
or Cookie Dough can be used.
Tier A: By choosing the full cost you enable us to offer more
opportunities over all.
Tier B: For members that can pay a little more, but not the
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. We welcome any Coaches
to select Tier C for their participating Girl Scout.
We also offer a Girl Scouts of Western Washington Spring Robotics
League in April-June. This “Girl Scout,” themed program is a great
introduction to robotics for Girl Scouts who will be 8-13 years old
in spring, or 9-14 in the fall.
- Teams can participate in Spring League as a stand-alone
activity, or as a way to “ease into” FIRST Robotics the
- Teams that are also troops can participate
in place of standard troop meetings, or in addition to. We encourage
leaders to look for overlaps with the Robotics Badges
of participation in Spring League is $20 per Girl Scout
- Teams are provided with: Coach’s handbook/program guide, use of
a laptop and Mindstorms Robotic kit, LEGO challenge model pieces,
and a field mat
Other Robotics Opportunites:
- Girl Scouts can also earn Robotics Badges, either in a
troop or on their own! Daisy,
Badge triads are already released, with older girl badges coming
- Often Girl Scout FIRST Teams, Troops, or Service
Units or Partner programs will put on various robotics related
events -so keep an eye out at your local level.
Whether you have a group of Girl Scouts and coaches ready to go, or
would like to see if there’s an existing team with open spots, fill
out our interest form. Please note that this list does
not guarantee participation. We will be in touch if we’re able to
assist with team placement or team formation. If you’ve submitted an
interest form prior to January 2018, please resubmit for the new season.
If you have any questions, feel free to email us
to find out more.