Welcome to the RoboScout Squad Website!

Welcome! We are so happy you are here to learn about RoboScout Squad and FIRST robotics.

We are RoboScout Squad, an all Girl Scout FIRST Tech Challenge and LEGO robotics team in Kalispell, Montana. Our team is made up of girls in grades 9-11. We’ve been a team for 5 years and we are in the middle of our second FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Season. We also participate in the NASA NWESSP LEGO robotics challenges. In our first three seasons, we competed in FIRST LEGO League (FLL) and we are the 2020 FLL Montana State Champions. Last year we were the second-ranked FTC team in Montana. We don’t just compete, we share our tech with younger Girl Scouts and our community with a goal of increasing enthusiasm for STEM in girls. Scroll through our blog posts and visit our “About Us“, “FTC” and “FLL” pages to learn more.

This website has a host of information for kids, parents, new teams, coaches, volunteers, and sponsors. Our blog page also contains local news stories about the team.

The FLL/FTC resources contained on this page are mostly from FIRST directly. Supplemental info is based on our experience as a new team and is geared toward new teams and coaches. We want to help you get started and grow. We would love more teams to start up in the Flathead.

If you’d like to support our team and encourage STEM education for girls in the Flathead Valley, let us know by visiting our “Our Sponsors” page or emailing us at: info@roboscoutsquad.com

Thank you for being here with us. We appreciate your support!

Game Changers

The theme of the 2020-2021 FIRST season has been announced. Game Changers! What that will ultimately entail for a robot game or innovation project is yet to be seen. Will the focus be on sports, physical fitness, e-sports, adaptive sports? Time will tell. More details about the challenges will be revealed over the next several weeks. Team registration for the next season should start by the end of the month. We are super excited that the new season is again sponsored by Star Wars: Force for Change.

https://info.firstinspires.org/2021season

Keep your eyes open for a HUGE announcement from RoboScout Squad soon!

World championship cancelled

Dear Family, Friends, Team Sponsors and Community Supporters,

We are disappointed to announce that the FIRST LEGO League World Championship has been cancelled in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is not surprising. We understand that it’s in everyone’s best interests to help slow the spread and protect our vulnerable populations. At this time, we’d like to be transparent with our generous donors and community, and let you know our current position and intention.

To date we’ve raised about $13,500 to make this trip happen. Here’s where we are at this exact moment. Our airline tickets are non-refundable, under Delta’s COVID-19 policy we are eligible for an itinerary change or a credit. I have filed an appeal, to see if we can instead get a refund. I have filed a similar appeal with AirBnB, if denied we lose half of our lodging expenses. I am waiting for responses from both of those companies. We will get our $1,000 tournament registration refunded. There are expenses/items that we cannot recover/return including our team banners, signs, buttons, swaps, team uniforms, some of our display hardware, tablecloths that have been laundered and several other small things that all add up. The team uniforms with our new team sponsor logos will be used all next season, and we will make good on our sponsor obligations to the best of our ability.

The girls have worked very hard and through no fault of their own find themselves in this incredibly disappointing situation. Whether we get a credit or full refund from Delta, after the pandemic has passed, we would like to plan an alternative educational trip. It may even still be to Houston to go to NASA Johnson Space Center. We would plan for this summer.

Aside from that, any remaining funds would be used to support the team in their upcoming robotics season 2020-2021, which starts August 1st. Added together, our expenses for FIRST LEGO LEAGUE and the NASA robotics challenge are over $3,000 per year with our current team headcount.

We have been reaching out to each of our amazing donors individually to inform them of the situation. Many of you have heard from us already, if you haven’t, you will shortly. We just started making contact this weekend. We understand that the funds you generously provided would no longer be going toward their original intended purpose. We can assure you that they would be used similarly to provide an extraordinary STEM based educational experience for these hard-working young ladies and support their STEM and leadership skill building in the coming robotics season. If you would rather withdraw your donation based on this unfortunate change in circumstance, please let us know.

We intend to proceed with MacKenzie River Pizza Community Day, if you’d like to go out for pizza and support the team’s ongoing mission, we’d be thankful. I have spoken with MacKenzie River and they are happy to support us with this event.

We will persevere and make the best of this situation. We will continue to do incredible things for girls in STEM in our community. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions. Thank you all for your ongoing support.

Making montana

We had so much fun at Making Montana 2020. Thank you ImagineIf Library for hosting this wonderful community event.

RoboScout Squad spent most of the day Friday and Saturday February 28-29 at the Flathead County Fairgrounds sharing what they do with our community.

Making Montana reported a total attendance of 2,934 people. Friday was a great day to share FIRST LEGO League and the NASA Robotics Challenge with busloads of kids from area schools. It was an incredibly busy and fun day! Saturday the whole team was there to share with hundreds of families. We love sharing what we do and hope that it encourages others to invest in STEM activities for kids and inspire kids to seek STEM involvement. Thank you to everyone who stopped by to see us.

In the News!!! RoboScout Squad shares about FLL win with Montana Governor Steve Bullock.

Thank you Montana Governor Steve Bullock for coming to visit RoboScout Squad today. It was a wonderful opportunity for the girls to share about FIRST LEGO League, their recent Montana State tournament win, what they do outside of FLL and why they’re excited to represent Montana at the World Championships. Thank you for encouraging girls in STEM. Thank you also to Montana State Representative Frank Garner and all the families who came and supported the girls today. They did a great job! We are so proud of them!

We’ll be on the local KPAX news at 10:00pm tonight. The text article is up now but will be updated later.

https://www.kpax.com/news/local-news/western-montana-news/kalispell-roboscout-squad-to-compete-in-world-championships-earn-visit-from-governor-bullock

You can learn more about our plans for the FIRST LEGO League World Championships here. Don’t forget the MOD pizza fundraiser on Sunday 2/16 and Bias Brewing on the evening of 2/24. Our GoFundMe is going strong at over $7,500, with at least another $7,500-$10,000 to raise. And of course, we are selling Girl Scout Cookies. https://www.gofundme.com/RoboScoutSquad2020 — please share.

In the News! The Daily Inter Lake covered the team’s recent win at state!

The Daily Inter Lake published a story yesterday about RoboScout Squad’s win at the Montana State FIRST LEGO League Championship and graciously mentioned our fundraising efforts for the World Championships. We had linked the original article, but the Daily Inter Lake archived the story. In the future we’ll copy and paste full articles with a link.

In the News! NBC Montana Covers State Championship Win

Marian Davidson at NBC Montana did a great interview with the team about their win last weekend at the Montana State First Lego League tournament in Bozeman.  We are so excited to represent Montana and travel to the World Championships in Houston in April. 

https://nbcmontana.com/news/local/kalispell-roboscout-squad-take-home-state-title?jwsource=cl

If you want to know how to help get us there.  Please visit our World Championship Webpage or our GoFundMe Page.

Thanks Marian for the fun studio tour. The girls really enjoyed it.

2020 Montana State FIRST Lego League Champions!

We are thrilled to announce that RoboScout Squad won the Montana State FIRST Lego League Tournament.  This win earns us an invitation to the World Championships in Houston in April.  Please visit our new “World Championships” webpage for more info about the event and how you can help get us there.  The GoFundMe is also up!

In the News! Daily Inter Lake

The Daily Inter Lake did a nice story on us in the newspaper today!

Want to learn what we did and how we did it? Pop on over to our Apollo 50 page. Want to know what we’re up to now? Check out Mars 2020, and FLL City Shapers! Thanks again to the Kalispell community for their support and encouragement.

We had linked the original article, but the Daily Inter Lake archived the story. In the future we’ll copy and paste full articles with a link.

In the News! NBC Montana

NBC Montana did a nice follow up story about our trip to Kennedy Space Center and women in STEM.

https://nbcmontana.com/news/local/kalispell-robotics-team-rewarded-with-trip-of-a-lifetime?jwsource=cl

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