RoboScout Squad Found a New Home

5/31/2022

RoboScout Squad is thrilled to announce that our quest to find a new location has been successful.  Team Sponsor Logan Health has generously offered space for us to set up our robotics lab.  We are so overwhelmed with gratitude.  Please join us in saying thank you, Logan Health, for being a champion for us, giving us a space that will allow us to grow, and supporting girls in STEM.

For the last 5 years, the Kalispell Girl Scout office has hosted our all Girl Scout robotics team.  With local Girl Scout staff now able to work from home, the office is closing when the lease is up at the end of May.  This sent the team on a search for a new home.

“Our youth is our future,” says Logan Health President & CEO Craig Lambrecht, MD. “When we heard about this need, we were happy to provide a space to nurture the collective talents of this team.”

We are excited about the new space because it has enough room for a full competition field.  We’ll be able to set up stations dedicated to specific tasks like building, programming, 3D printing, and a workbench for cutting and drilling custom parts.  The room already has a full pegboard wall which will come in handy for organization and parts visibility. A little extra room also gives us an opportunity to reach more girls, invite groups of visitors to come and see what we do, and maybe even host a scrimmage.

RoboScout Squad won the 2022 Montana FIRST Tech Challenge Championship and attended the 2022 World Championship in Houston, TX in April.  The next FIRST Tech Challenge season starts in mid-September when teams around the world receive the parameters of a brand-new robot game.  Teams then begin building and programming robots to tackle the new challenge.

RoboScout Squad is currently recruiting new members for the 2022-2023 “PowerPlay” Season.  Current 8th-11th grade girls that are interested can reach out to the team at info@roboscoutsquad.com.  Team roles include engineering/build, CAD design, programming, documentation, website maintenance, social media, rules and safety, presentation/speech writing, 3D printing, outreach, and more.  No experience is needed.  You just need a desire to learn, the ability to work well in a close team environment, and the time to commit to the team.  If you have a group of kids interested in starting a new FIRST Tech Challenge or FIRST LEGO League team, we’d be happy to share knowledge and help you get started.

Thank you to everyone in the community that kept their eyes open for a new space, made calls on our behalf, or passed along leads.  We are thankful for your support and encouragement.  Again, thank you, Logan Health, for coming to our rescue with a perfect solution. We’ll post again when we get the new robotics lab finished and named.

Wish List of Items for New Space:

  • Horizontal band saw (smaller, with stand) – like this one from Amazon or similar – $243
  • Heat Gun with deflectors – $74
  • Soldering Iron Kit – $141
  • 19-24″ HDMI 1080p monitor — Thank you RadioActive for your donation!
  • Folding chairs (8) — Thank you J2 Business Products for your donation!
  • Drill press and vice — Thank you Harbor Freight for your donation!
  • Bench grinder — Thank you Harbor Freight Store Manager Archie!
  • Paint and Painting Supplies — Thank you Lowe’s for your donation!
  • FLL Banner — Thank you SignsNow for your creative work and donation!
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