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GSSEM FIRST

Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan and FIRST have teamed up to provide an exciting adventure in LEGO robotics for our troops! Teams work to engineer their unique solutions to the challenge throughout the summer and fall and present their work at the GSSEM FIRST Robotics Expo in spring.

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About GSSEM FIRST

GSSEM has partnered with FIRST of Michigan, an organization dedicated to advancing the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) through 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.

FIRST LEGO League Jr. (JFLL) / Grades K - 3

This season, girls will explore the challenges of living on the Moon!

They will need to brainstorm ideas to questions such as what would settlers need to eat and drink? How would they get energy? How will they breathe? What will they do for fun? And many others. Teams will work together to build a moon base and the Inspire rocket ship to present at the GSSEM FIRST Robotics Expo in the spring.

FIRST LEGO League (FLL) / Grades 4 - 5

Teams will explore what it takes to live on a space station or travel to another planet by completing rigorous and inventive challenges on the Into Orbit game mat!

Girls will need to work together to build and program their EV3 robot to solve many of the challenges faced by astronauts and soon, the first off-world settlers. For their research project, teams must identify a physical or social problem faced by humans during long-duration space travel within our sun’s solar system and propose a solution.

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Resources

Challenge and Resource Guides:

Coaches' Handbook:

Michigan Resources:

Suggested Field Trips and Activities
  • Nearby planetariums (cost varies)
  • Cranbrook’s astronomy exhibit
  • Challenger Learning Center (offers simulated space missions as well as badge programs)
  • NASA’s Glenn Research Center tours (Tours themselves are free, requires advance registration)
  • Michigan Dark Sky Preserves
  • Backyard Campout:
    Have the girls camp outside and do some stargazing and brainstorming about what it would be like to travel to another planet. They had to make a shelter (tent), pack some food (s’mores or snacks), and think of things to do to keep from being bored before their campout. What modifications would they have to make to their camp preparations to survive in space?
  • NEW Badges:
    The Space Science badges for Daisies-Juniors have been released just in time for the FIRST season! Other suggested badges to enhance your girls’ robotics experience:
    • Robotics series
    • Think Like a Programmer Journey
    • Think Like an Engineer Journey
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