Girls In Gear

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Girls in Gear is a Girl Scout program to introduce scouts to engineering. In our area Team 341 is one of the big supporters.

November 12, 2011

Team 341 held the fourth annual Girls in Gear©, a Girl Scout STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education program, at Ramp Riot. There were six stations set up at Girls in Gear©, including FRC robot driving, FRC robot parts, observing the FRC and FTC competitions, a hands on driving demonstration by the VEXMEN and STEMRobotics, and an area where girls had the chance to talk to women in STEM careers.

The driving demonstration had four robots moving small soccer balls into scoring zones by the Girl Scout drivers. Each driver got to participate in the 4 minute matches on the 8' x 8' field. Most of the scouts were Daisy's (K-3) they drove with the skill and intensity of the bigger FRC drivers.

Our second station was a look at different drive trains, and the scouts got to drive a very cool X shaped omni drive, and a legged walking robot.

The final station was a demo of a robotic head "Gir" from the cartoon Invader Zim. The head has multicolor eyes that change with what Gir says. Clips from the show were recorded and put on a storage card. The entire setup is driven by a small microprocessor, similar to what is used in the VEX competitions.

A great day for both the scouts and the VEXMEN, looking forward to seeing these girls in a few years building their own robots.

November 12, 2011

On November 13, 2010 the VEXMEN (actually the VEXMEN girls) did a demo for the second year. About 70 scouts played Clean Sweep on a reduced sized field. We had created 4 squarebots with claws to move the green balls around. Those and two bigger robots from STEMRobotics were our players.

As with last year the Daisy groups were the most excited to be able to drive.

Volunteers: Nicole, Christina, Emma, Adrienne Drexel, Bob Whalen, Foster Schucker, Steve Rhoads along with Andrew and Patrick from KTOR

On November 18, 2009 the Downingtown Area Robotics VEX team took 6 robots to play a modified version of Elevation. We had 45 scouts ranging from Daisy's (1st and 2nd graders) through Cadets. There were some pretty fierce contests! A number of the scouts said that our driving event was the best part of that days program.

For more information about Girls In Gear contact at Our thanks to Miss Daisy for inviting us to hold the demo for two years in a row.