Monday, February 9, 2015

GSSI's FIRST TECH Challenge Team Wins Motivate Award for Third Time!

Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois' flagship FIRST TECH Challenge Team, Oops! (because the World's Greatest Inventions Started with an 'oops!') won the Motivate Award during competition at Decatur Hope Academy on February 7.
Oops! is coached by Kristi Smith of O'Fallon and consists of middle and high school girls from O'Fallon, Granite City and Belleville.  They have won the Motivate Award, which is presented to that exemplifies the essence of the FTC competition through team building, team spirit and enthusiasm, during three consecutive tournaments.  

FTC is designed for students in grades 7-12 to compete head to head, using a sports model. Teams are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. The robot kit is reusable from year-to-year and is programmed using a variety of languages. Teams, including coaches, mentors and volunteers, are required to develop strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles. Awards are given for the competition as well as for community outreach, design, and other real-world accomplishments.
For more information about GSSI's Robotics Program, please contact STEM Program Manager Mary Buchanan at 800.345.6858, ext. 1115 or e-mail
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