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Robotics Program

Robotics Program

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!


Start a FIRST Team

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

Girl Scouts of Western Washington Supports the following FIRST program levels. Age of participants must be during the fall season.

Learn more about how FIRST LEGO League teams are formed and FAQ.  
  • FIRST registration and competition fees
  • Use of laptop with software
  • Use of robotics kit
  • Challenge Kit (Yearly challenge parts and Field Mat)
  • Custom team t-shirts
  • Reimbursement for materials, snacks, some travel expenses (max amount varies per level—additional team fundraising may be required if advancing to competitions)
  • Coach support & handbook
  • Network of Girl Scout Teams, experienced teams and coaches as well as access to FIRST mentors and experienced teams.
FIRST LEGO League JR. (ages 6-10)

Ages: 6-10 years old
Season: Sept-early Dec or Jan-April
Time commitment: 1.5-2 hours per week over an eight-week season.
Cost : $20-$60 (see about tier pricing below)

Team Requirements:
Team min/max # of members
: 4-6
Coaches required: 2
Coach Logistical Needs: Meeting space and transportation to expo(s)

FIRST LEGO League (ages 9-14)

Ages: 9-14 years old
Season: Sept-early Dec (or extended season for advancing members in Jan-April
Time commitment: 2-4 hours per week (additional time as needed)
Cost : $50-$100 (see about tier pricing below)

Team Requirements:
Team min/max # of members
: 6-10
Coaches required: 2 (No tech expertise needed!)
Coach logistical Needs: Meeting space, facilitate supplies, transportation to competition(s), team building of 4x8 foot playfield table

Find out how FIRST LEGO League teams are formed.

FIRST Tech Challenge (ages 12-18)

Ages: Grades 7th-12th 
Season: Late Aug-early Dec (or extended season for advancing members in Jan-April)
*Teams will begin pre-season planning in Spring/Summer
Time commitment: 2-4 hours per week (additional time as needed)
Cost: There is no direct program fee associated with FTC, however additional fundraising for team needs (supplies, travel, etc) may be required

Team Requirements:
Team min/max # members:
Coaches required: 2 (at this level some tech, robot, coding knowledge is helpful, teams can engage Mentors for this support)
Coach logistical needs: Hard-floor meeting space at least 12x12 feet (for play field) and access to variety of hand/power tools

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. 


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 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. We welcome any Coaches to select Tier C for their participating Girl Scout.


Not Ready for FIRST? 

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 following fall
  • 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
  • Cost 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, Brownie & Junior Badge triads are already released, with older girl badges coming soon!
  • 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.

Ready to Join?

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.