FIRST LEGO League Explore (FLLE)
We've teamed up with FIRST® to provide Girl Scouts with an exciting, hands-on exploration of STEM and robotics. Summer through fall, teams develop unique solutions to a challenge; then, they present their work at the GSSEM FIRST Robotics Expo in the spring.
Learn about GSSEM FIRST at your convenience. Find a session at www.gssem.org/firstinfo.
To keep our robotics program sustainable over time, GSSEM is now charging a small registration fee per team.
Due to the generous support from our sponsors, GSSEM is able to cover most fees for team registration, robotics kits, and admission to the GSSEM FIRST Robotics Expo for our teams and their families.
We've partnered with FIRST for a few reasons:
Girl Scouts who participate on a FIRST robotics team for a full season automatically earn ALL three Robotics badges.
Many badges may also be tweaked to go along with the FIRST robotics program, such as:
Each season's challenge can usually be tied to a badge or Journey as well, and the team can earn these while researching their solutions.
Juniors may also earn their Bronze Award by expanding on their Innovation Project for FLLC. If the team addresses a local issue, they may choose to put their solution into action to earn their award.
May, June, July
FLLE teams consist of 3–6 girls, in grades K–3, who research the season-specific topic and choose a related issue they'd like to solve.
Teams brainstorm potential solutions to the topic issue, and, after picking one, they build a LEGO model to represent it. Over the course of the season, each team prepares for the GSSEM FIRST Robotics Expo.
For the expo, teams create and bring:
You could be an FLLE coach!
FLLE coaches don't need to have any robotics experience—just a willingness to learn! FIRST provides extensive training materials, as well as Team Meeting Guides that outline each session and step of the FLLE coaching process.
FLLE teams consist of 5–10 girls, in grades 4–5, who compete in three arenas.
You could be an FLLC coach!
FLLC coaches don't need to have any robotics experience, though some coding experience is helpful. FIRST provides extensive training materials, as well as Team Meeting Guides that outline each session and step of the FLLC coaching process.
GSSEM is proud to sponsor Girltastic, our pioneer, Cadette-level FTC team that meets in White Lake.
Due to the high cost associated with running FTC teams, GSSEM requires every new FTC team to accept all GSSEM Cadettes who'd like to join—up to 15 girls. Girls will be placed on teams during the open registration period.
Interested in participating?
Please submit the FTC interest form if you're interested in joining Girltastic, volunteering to mentor the team, or starting a new FTC team.
You could be an FTC coach!
We highly recommend at least 1–2 coaches* have robotics/coding experience, although it's not required for all of them.
Or 1–2 coaches who have access to mentors, associates, friends, and/or family members with robotics/coding experience.
For questions or more information about this program, please email Kevin Fite at firstname.lastname@example.org.