Powering the Next Generation of Imagineers!
GSSEM has partnered with FIRST of Michigan, an organization dedicated to advancing the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) to students in Michigan. Focused on building an interest in science and engineering in children FIRST teams are a hands-on program series designed to capture children’s curiosity and direct it toward discovering the possibilities of improving the world around them.
Join Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan and FIRST of Michigan for an exciting adventure in developing innovative solutions to real-world problems! GSSEM FIRST Teams form during the summer and FIRST of Michigan announces the teams’ challenge in August. Then teams work to engineer their unique solutions to the challenge throughout the fall and winter and present their work at the GSSEM FIRST Teams Expo March 2015.
GSSEM FIRST Teams
June 2014 – March 2015; for grades K-3: GSSEM Junior FIRST Lego League (JFLL)
June 2014 – November 2014; for grades 4 & 5: GSSEM FIRST Lego League (FLL)
GSSEM Junior FIRST LEGO League (JFLL)
Girls in grades K-3 are invited to form all-girl GSSEM JFLL teams for the 2014-2015 membership year. Teams consist of 3-6 girls and 2 adult coaches. Teams have from August through February to develop their project and be ready to present their display and LEGO model at the GSSEM FIRST teams Expo in March 2015. Coaches are not required to have LEGO experience or an engineering background at the JFLL level. Limited funding is available for JFLL teams’ participation.
GSSEM FIRST LEGO League (FLL)
Girls in grades 4 & 5 are invited to form all-girl GSSEM FLL teams during the 2014-2015 membership year. Teams consist of 6-10 girls and two adult coaches. FLL teams have from August through October to develop their project and Lego Robot and be ready to participate in an official FIRST of Michigan FLL qualifying tournament November 2014. Coaches are not required to have LEGO experience or an engineering background at the FLL level. However, computer programming is involved and an engineering background is greatly beneficial!
GSSEM FIRST Team Participation is for all girls everywhere!
**Girls do not need to be current Girl Scouts to participate in a GSSEM FIRST team! Therefore, if you do not have the maximum number of girls for a team, recruit in the school and/or community! The larger teams allow for more diverse teamwork and the more the girls will get out of the experience! Any girls joining a GSSEM FIRST team, will also be registered as a Girl Scout member to participate in the team. Girls participate in the GSSEM FIRST Teams independently of a Girl Scout troop; membership in one does not mean they automatically participate in the other.
For additional information or to notify interest in forming a GSSEM FIRST team, please contact Sara Sanders by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.