An Ode to Kermit

Dear Kermit,

You ended up a better FTC rookie robot than we ever dreamed we could build on kickoff day 2020. We created you, from a box of unfamiliar parts. You’ve seen us at our best, and when we’ve been a bit unfocused. You led us to new friends, community connections, and learning experiences. You helped us earn badges and win awards. You taught us many lessons about communicating, lock nuts, soldering, sharp edges, power tools, tight spaces, teamwork, planning ahead, size constraints, programming, perseverance, how NOT to take picture frames off the wall, and most importantly, that WE CAN DO IT! And we will do it again, starting now.

RIP Kermit knowing that pieces of you will live on. 💔

With gratitude,

Zia, Katie, Jessie, Kennedy & Lexi

#WeGotThis #FreightFrenzy #UltimateGoal #2021FTCKickoff #FIRSTLikeAGirl #REVROBOTICS #goBilda #LetsGoBildaTogether #FTCMontana

2021-2022 FREIGHT FRENZY

Freighters, Subways, Trains, Drones, Rockets, Cars, Boats, Trucks, Busses, Scooters….

How does the future get where it’s going? Robots! Join us for FIRST Tech Challenge: FREIGHT FRENZY! We are open for enrollment for the 2021-2022 season. Our team is open to girls in grades 9-12, all interests and abilities. No previous experience required. There are many opportunities and whatever your interest, we can help you learn. Do you want to build a robot, but you never have? Or have an interest in coding but never tried? Do you enjoy research, documentation or giving presentations? We have a place for everyone. If you’d like to join us, please let us know by 9/1. We have potential fundraising and outreach activities on Sunday 9/5 and Saturday 9/11. Season kickoff is Saturday 9/18.

What RoboScout Squad does:

  1. Build and program a robot to compete in the current season challenge
  2. Document our work in an Engineering Journal
  3. Prepare presentations for judges
  4. Community Service Projects
  5. Outreach to other teams and the community
  6. Promote STEM for girls
  7. Travel to tournaments (health regulations permitting)
  8. Network with other teams
  9. Work with, share with and learn from our competition for the benefit of everyone
  10. Fundraising
  11. Work hard
  12. Have fun

If you want to see how a season goes, visit our team page from last season, scroll to the bottom and work your way up. Last season was unusually long and tournaments were remote due to COVID.

Commitment:

  • Meetings usually Wednesday evenings 5:30-7:30, multiple weekends especially around start of season and close to tournaments, some no-school days – competition season runs from September usually through early February
  • May miss 2-3 school Fridays for tournament travel, dates currently TBD. We have had success getting these absences excused from attendance incentive policies at both Glacier and Flathead High.
  • To join RoboScout Squad, girls need to also join Girl Scouts, annual cookie sales and Fall nut/candy sales are our primary fundraisers.
  • Team parents/guardians are expected to help when needed (i.e. helping load up for travel, load up/setup at local events, helping at and/or promoting fundraisers, bringing an occasional snack, etc.)
  • We continue to meet for community outreach, service and fundraising events in the off-season

We also welcome adults looking to volunteer in any capacity or share their technical, business or marketing skills. Just as with the girls, no technical experience required. Everyone has something to share with the next generation. If you have a heart to volunteer, reach out to us on our Contact Us page.

If you have a group in grades 4-8 and are interested in starting a FIRST LEGO League team, or a co-ed group in grades 7-12 for FTC, we are happy to help you get started. FLL season kickoff is in mid-August.

FIRST is for everyone!

#FIRSTForward #FTCFreightFrenzy #FIRSTLikeAGirl #GSMWRobotics

FTC Montana Regional Championship Results

We are excited to share the results of the 2020-2021 Montana FTC Championship: For the robot game we have the 2nd highest scoring robot. We are the runners up for the Inspire Award, Winners of the Motivate Award, Winners of the Promote Award and our Chief Engineer Lexi is the Montana Dean’s List Finalist.

Our winning Promote Award video will go to the online “FIRST Game Changers Season Celebration” where it will “compete” against the top videos from around the world.

Lexi, as the Montana Dean’s List Finalist, also advances to the “FIRST Game Changers Season Celebration” where 10 Dean’s List Winners are selected from the Finalists. Wouldn’t that be exciting?!

Read about our full season here: https://roboscoutsquad.com/ftc/2020-2021-ultimate-goal/

Congratulations to all the teams! This has certainly been an unusual season with many struggles. Congrats to Team 4133 Fusion for winning the Inspire Award and for having the Top Ranked Robot.

Thank you to all of our team sponsors, community supporters, friends and family. None of this would’ve been possible without your support and encouragement. We learned so much! What an amazing season!

Next up, we are taking a much deserved trip together to Idaho to share FTC knowledge with fellow Girl Scout FTC team RoboGirls #14822 from Spokane. Beyond that, we are taking the summer off other than outreach and fundraising opportunities as they come up. Stay tuned!

Kickoff for the 2021-2022 Season is Saturday September 18th. At this point we are expecting a normal season, with first qualifier tournament in November 2021, second qualifier in December, and State Championship in January.

#ULTIMATEGOAL #FIRSTGameChangers #FIRSTLikeAGirl

Full championship tournament results here: https://ftc-events.firstinspires.org/2020/USMTBOQT1

CONGRATS EVERYONE!!!


FTC Montana Regional Qualifier Results

We are thrilled to report the results of our first FTC tournament: For the robot game we had the 2nd highest scoring robot. We are the Winners of the Connect Award, and we received the 2nd Place Think Award.

We never would’ve guessed in our rookie season, with only 8 months in to FTC, that we would do so well in our first competition. We have learned so much! We are looking forward to receiving our judges’ feedback forms.

Congratulations to all the teams for persevering in these uncertain times. This hasn’t been easy with random quarantines, blended school models, etc. Everyone has had to work really hard to stay engaged and keep moving forward. Congrats to 8271 E-Hackers for winning the Inspire Award, 4133 Fusion for Inspire 2nd Place, and 4133 Fusion for having the Top Ranked Robot. Seriously, Fusion’s robot score blew ours out of the water, WELL DONE! Fusion does well each season, it’s awesome to come in second to them! There’s really some good close competition though, 17097 Protostars take home 4 awards, 4273 Aluminati, 373 Sydney High School and 16133 Talk NERDY to Me also did quite well. State really could be anyone’s game.

Thank you to all of our team sponsors, community supporters, friends and family. None of this would’ve been possible without your support.

Next up we will use what we have learned to:

  • make improvements to our robot
  • add to our Engineering Portfolio
  • modify our Judge’s Presentation
  • practice, practice, practice…………

…….and take on the Montana State FTC Championship Tournament!

#ULTIMATEGOAL #FIRSTGameChangers #FIRSTLikeAGirl

Full qualifier tournament results here: https://ftc-events.firstinspires.org/2020/USMTBOQT1

CONGRATS EVERYONE!!!


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