Recently, Girl Scouts throughout Connecticut gathered at the Discovery Museum in Bridgeport, Conn., to participate in a Junior First Lego League Expo, funded by Motorola Solutions. First Lego League Jr. introduces STEM concepts with the addition of Legos to kids ages 6 to 9. The teams are guided by two or more adults as they explore real-world scientific programs like food safety, recycling, energy, and more.
At the expo, Girl Scouts were able to showcase their projects on display boards, highlighting their research and teamwork, according to Ellyn Savard, STEM program initiatives manager at Girl Scouts of Connecticut. The girls’ projects focused on the theme Waste Wise, and teams discovered ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle and then demonstrated their knowledge by creating a Lego model with motorized parts.
“At the event, 60 girls enjoyed a day of discovery, creativity and fun,” Savard said. “The day culminated in an awards ceremony in which teams were rewarded for their weeks of research and teamwork with trophies that identified each team’s particular strength.”
During the day, one of the activities included saving garbage and recyclables for two weeks, and then creating sculptures to illustrate how much trash the public collects over a certain amount of time. Girls were also able to make reusable grocery bags with old T-shirts. Toward the end of the day, two First Lego League teams and one First Tech Challenge team made presentations to the younger Junior First Lego League teams to encourage those girls to continue to the next level of robotics and show them what to expect when they get there.
“Girl Scouts of Connecticut has been involved with the Discovery Museum for nine years and with First Robotics for eight years, so it was inevitable that the three organizations should form a successful collaboration resulting in the Girl Scout JFLL Expo,” Savard said. “I would like to thank Motorola Solutions for funding this inspiring program and the Discovery Museum for its valuable partnership — it is always a pleasure to work with our Expo team! I would like to recognize all the volunteers and coaches who help create the vehicle which may one day take these girls to great heights, solving the world’s problems as scientists and engineers.”