U.S. Senator Visit

We were honored today to have a visit from U.S. Senator Steve Daines . The team demonstrated the summer NASA #APOLLO50 #ApolloNextGiantLeap challenge and showed their progress with the current First Lego League season. The girls were excited to tell them about their Apollo win at the Montana regional middle school challenge. He was engaged with each girl, interested in what they had to say and encouraged them both in Lego robotics and their future pursuits. Thank you Senator Daines for spending time with us this morning and supporting girls in STEM!

Polka Dot Success!!!

Thank you everyone, it was a great day! Whether you came out for a sweet treat or shared our post, we sincerely appreciate it! Thank you The Polka Dot Cow for doing this for us. Thank you Snappy Sport Senter for giving us a place to park the trailer!!! Thank you everyone for supporting our team and a local small business! ❤️🤖🚀. We came away with $150 from The Polka Dot Cow, and $47 in private small donations. Thank you everyone!!!! We are so thankful for your support!

Thank You Park Side Credit Union!

We are thrilled to announce RoboScout Squad received a generous $250 donation from Park Side Credit Union to support the Lunar Loonies trip to NASA. Thank you Park Side Credit Union for being champions of youth programs in our community. We appreciate your donation and encouragement! For more information about Park Side’s community involvement visit their website.

Fundraiser 8/31/19

Who likes Dole Whip? Tamarack Brewing Company Root Beer Floats? Ice Cream Sundaes? We do! We are thrilled to announce the Polka Dot Cow is supporting the ladies of RoboScout Squad and their trip to NASA.

Saturday August 31st, from 11-7 the Polka Dot Cow will be in the Snappy’s parking lot, selling their amazingly delicious Dole Whip and other cool summer treats! 50 cents from every soft serve ice cream or root beer float and $1 from every Dole Whip or specialty item will go to the girls to help with trip expenses. As always, all tips go to the Big Sky Aphasia Program.

Send the summer off like a rocket! Come out and support our trip to NASA! Thank you to The Polka Dot Cow for supporting girls in STEM.

In The News! Flathead Beacon

We met with Charlotte Bausch from the Flathead Beacon last week to talk about our team, recent win, upcoming trip and our desire to grow Lego Robotics in the Flathead. It is such a worthwhile program. Our girls are learning robotics, coding, engineering, public speaking, presentation skills and more! If you’d like to join us or support the team, let us know. Read the article.

In the News! NBC Montana

Marian Davidson did a nice follow up story to our initial story in May. Covering our success in Helena.

We won the Apollo 50 Challenge!

The Lunar Loonies won the Montana Regional Apollo Next Giant Leap Challenge, Middle School Division! We are so proud of them! In addition to this awesome Apollo 50 commemorative Lego kit, we are going to Kennedy Space Center!

The Montana Regional Apollo Next Giant Leap Student Challenge (ANGLeS Challenge) was hosted at Montana Learning Center in Helena, MT. 20 teams were entered in the middle school division. We were the only all girls team in the challenge. They worked so hard the last 2 months. All of the teams did a great job!

The challenge had 3 parts as well as creative components.

  • Fly a drone carrying a lunar module, drop it off in the landing zone and fly the drone back to base. The drone pilot is flying blind as mission control does from Earth. The technician “on the moon” gave verbal commands to the pilot.
  • Replace the lunar module with a Lego robot rover. Complete missions on the lunar surface. Deliver payload to drop zone, move a boulder, retrieve a moon rock and return the moon rock to the landing zone. Again, the rover pilot is blind and relying on the astronaut on the moon to give clear commands. The rover pilot had some pre-written programs, but many had to be coded on the fly based on verbal commands from the astronaut.
  • Identify a moon rock sample and give 4 facts about the rock

This trip is a once in a lifetime opportunity for our girls. They are super excited about visiting NASA in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Most of the expenses will be covered by the award but we do anticipate some financial need to cover travel costs.

In the News! NBC Montana

Marian Davidson from NBC Montana visited our team meeting today where the girls got their first look at the Apollo 50 Next Giant Leap challenge board, and flew a drone for the first time. See the story here.

We Are Girl Scouts

You may hear about us as robot building go-getters, but we are also dedicated Girl Scouts.

In the last three years, while the girls have been active in First Lego League, they have been busy Girl Scouts as well. In that same time they have a combined 300+ hours of service to younger Girl Scouts and our community. The 5 ladies of RoboScout Squad are members of Girl Scout Troop 3709. Four of the girls on the team have earned their Girl Scout Silver Award. This is the highest award girls of their age can achieve. One remaining girl is nearing completion of her Silver Award project. Two of the Silver Award recipients are actively working on earning the Gold Award.

To help fund Girl Scout troop activities, they participate in nut & candy sales in the fall and cookie sales in the winter. If you’re looking for a cookie fix, you know where to come in February. 🙂

All of the girls on the robotics team are excellent students and musicians. They are all involved with additional clubs, sports, church or other activities.

As their parents, leaders and coaches, we are all proud of them for the loads they take on, their growth and their commitment to Girl Scouting and their community.

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