Girls In Gear

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November 12, 2011

Team 341 held the fourth annual Girls in Gear©, a Girl Scout STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education program, at Ramp Riot. There were six stations set up at Girls in Gear©, including FRC robot driving, FRC robot parts, observing the FRC and FTC competitions, a hands on driving demonstration by the VEXMEN and STEMRobotics, and an area where girls had the chance to talk to women in STEM careers.

The driving demonstration had four robots moving small soccer balls into scoring zones by the Girl Scout drivers. Each driver got to participate in the 4 minute matches on the 8' x 8' field. Most of the scouts were Daisy's (K-3) they drove with the skill and intensity of the bigger FRC drivers.

Our second station was a look at different drive trains, and the scouts got to drive a very cool X shaped omni drive, and a legged walking robot.

The final station was a demo of a robotic head "Gir" from the cartoon Invader Zim. The head has multicolor eyes that change with what Gir says. Clips from the show were recorded and put on a storage card. The entire setup is driven by a small microprocessor, similar to what is used in the VEX competitions.

A great day for both the scouts and the VEXMEN, looking forward to seeing these girls in a few years building their own robots.

November 13, 2010

Girls in Gear is a Girl Scout program to introduce scouts to engineering. In our area Team 341 is one of the big supporters.

On November 13, 2010 the VEXMEN (actually the VEXMEN girls) and STEMRobotics did a demo for the second year. About 70 scouts played Clean Sweep on a reduced sized field. We had created 4 squarebots with claws to move the green balls around. Those and two bigger robots from STEMRobotics were our players.

As with last year the Daisy groups were the most excited to be able to drive.

Volunteers: Nicole, Christina, Emma, Adrienne Drexel, Bob Whalen, Foster Schucker, Steve Rhoads along with Andrew and Patrick from KTOR

November 14, 2009

Team 341 held the second annual Girls in Gear©, a Girl Scout STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education program, at Ramp Riot. There were six stations set up at Girls in Gear©, including FRC robot driving, FRC robot parts, observing the FRC and FTC competitions, a hands on driving demonstration by the organization STEMRobotics, and an area where girls had the chance to talk to women in STEM careers.

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STEMRobotics was assisted by members of Downingtown Area Robotics VEX teams80, 81 and 90. We set up a field loaded with blocks from Elevation. The picture shows Dan Bush explaining the mechanics of the robot to one of the Daisy Scouts (kindergarten). In the background are roboteers running the field keeping the action going.

We had about 70 scouts come through our station. In an unofficial survey the girls said that driving our robots the best. The high point when a group of Daisy scouts came through. The were a little unwilling to drive, but once they got the hang of it they were unwilling to give up the controls. One Daisy said "Mom, you go with the others and come get me later".

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