GSSEM announced it received a $40,000.00 grant from DTE Energy Foundation to support its STEM-based FIRST LEGO League (FLL) and FIRST LEGO League Jr. (FLL Jr.) Teams for the 2017-18 program year.
“DTE Energy Foundation has been a dedicated supporter of Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan for years and we truly value their continued support of programs that bring the world of STEM to our girls. We are thankful for this grant and all that it will do to empower girls,” said Denise Dalyrmple, GSSEM Chief Executive Officer.
The grant will help GSSEM to recruit and form teams, outfit them with supplies and provide admission to the 2018 GSSEM First Robotics Expo. “We are pleased to support Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan at this time and extend our best wished for continued success,” said Tiffany Washington, Manager of Foundation & Corporate Involvement for DTE Energy Foundation.
GSSEM partners 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. GSSEM FLL Jr. Teams are for girls in grades K-3, and the FLL Teams are for girls in grades 4-5.
The teams are given a large topic each year, and they have to identify their area of interest, find a problem that exists within the topic and research a solution for it. The teams then all present their ideas and LEGO model solution each spring at the GSSEM FIRST Robotics Expo.
“By going through this process, the girls will develop teamwork skills, engineering and problem solving skills, and learn basic engineering processes,” said Sara Sanders, GSSEM Program Specialist.
The annual GSSEM FIRST Robotics Expo was held at Oakland Mall this past week. More than 350 girls attended to showcase their projects.
For more information about GSSEM FIRST teams, visit gssem.org/FIRST.