“LEGO QUEENS” ROBOTICS TEAM FROM GIRL SCOUTS OF EASTERN OKLAHOMA TO BE RECOGNIZED BY PRESIDENT OBAMA
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Posted by: Ingrid Williams
Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma (GSEOK) is pleased to announce that the “Lego Queens” of troop 2612 was chosen to attend the White House Science Fair on Tuesday, May 27, hosted by President Obama.
The 2014 White House Science Fair will celebrate the student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country. The President will also announce new steps as part of his Educate to Innovate campaign, an all-hands-on-deck effort to get more girls and boys inspired to excel and to provide the support they need to succeed in these vital subjects.
With students from a broad range of STEM competitions, this year’s Fair will include a specific focus on girls and women who are excelling in STEM and inspiring the next generation with their work. The President has been committed to getting more underrepresented groups, including women and girls, excited to excel at STEM subjects. For example, in the Administration’s signature education reform initiative, Race to the Top, President Obama granted states competitive preference if they demonstrated efforts to close the STEM gap for girls and other groups that are underrepresented.
The President hosted the first White House Science Fair in late 2010. As the President noted then, “If you win the NCAA championship, you come to the White House. Well, if you're a young person and you produce the best experiment or design, the best hardware or software, you ought to be recognized for that achievement, too.”
The “Lego Queens” team is one of three GSEOK robotics teams in the FIRST Lego League where girls are introduced to STEM using age-appropriate robotic equipment and software development. Each year, teams face a national challenge and must then identify underlying problems to develop an innovative solution through research, critical thinking and creativity. This year, they were asked to consider the short- and long-term effects of natural disasters on communities and develop systems that could help those affected. The teams then built, tested and programmed an autonomous robot to solve a set of missions on an obstacle course related to their solution.
A flood-proof bridge developed by the “Lego Queens” of troop 2612 captured the attention of the White House as well as the “Synergy Award” at the state championship for most effectively communicating the ideas behind the invention and tying it with their Lego creation. This young troop of second graders from Holland Hall, an independent, coeducational preparatory school in Tulsa, Oklahoma, along with their sister team, the “Lego Ladies,” were two out of the three teams in the state of Oklahoma that managed to incorporate computer programming into their design – even though it was not required at their level.
GSEOK teams to enter the FIRST Lego League challenge were the “Lego Queens” (Tulsa): Avery Dodson, Miriam Schaffer, Natalie Hurley, Lucy Claire Sharp, Claire Winton, Amber Yu; the “Lego Ladies” (Tulsa): Mira Vaidya, Caroline Cambern, Layla Klaus, Elyse Clark, Caroline McKee, Asialynn Griffin; and the “Electronic Teddy Bears” (Owasso): Kristen Bird, Audrey Eckert, Emma England, Sarah Pulice, Hannah Reed. All teams advanced to the Oklahoma State Championship.
GSEOK has offered opportunities in robotics since 2011 and is continuing to increase STEM program opportunities through community partnerships with local colleges, professional associations and societies along with signature events like Cookie Construction (teams are paired with engineers as mentors to make themed constructions with Girl Scout Cookie boxes) and the Astronomy Club and patch program.
WHEN: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 beginning with a red carpet event at 8:00 a.m. CST
WEBCAST: This event will be webcast live at http://www.whitehouse.gov/live.
TWITTER: @whitehouseostp, @whitehouse, #WHsciencefair Feel free to follow and retweet! Others like @Phil44 and @NASA will also be sharing White House tweets. Updates as available on the Lego Queens will be shared via @newsGSEOK and @imagirlscout.
FACEBOOK: Photos shared by the Lego Queens will be made public at http://www.facebook.com/GirlScoutsEastOK