150 Girl Scouts Earn Their Product Designer Badge with FIRST Robotics

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This past November, 150 Girl Scouts attended a special workshop hosted by Consumers Energy, FIRST of Michigan, and The Robot Garage.

FIRST is a non-profit dedicated to getting students all over the world excited about STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) through designing and building robots for competition.

Members of the Bloomfield Hills High School robotics team volunteered to teach the Girl Scouts how to build their own robots for competition. Girl Scouts earned their Product Designer badge by designing and building their very own Lego robots and competing. They even got to see the high school teams compete in a live event and toured the “pits” where teams prepare and repair their robots.

“FIRST makes learning about science, math and engineering fun and exciting,” Patti Poppe, Vice President at Consumers Energy, said. “By getting your kids involved early with these subjects you’re setting them up for a bright future in STEM career fields.”

It’s estimated that in the next five years alone, over 270,000 STEM jobs will go unfilled in Michigan.

“We need to get our students excited about STEM subjects,” Poppe said. “At Consumers Energy we are investing thousands of dollars and hundreds of volunteer hours to ensure our future workforce is prepared. What better way to do it than while having fun?”

Since this workshop, Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan hosted our very own GSSEM FIRST Teams Expo! On March 1st , teams showed off their Lego robots, participated in STEM activities, and worked with students from Lawrence Tech University Department of Math & Computer Science. 

This is only the beginning of GSSEM’s FIRST teams in our efforts to get girls excited about science, technology, engineering, and math.