Two Girl Scout robotics teams from Franklin County participated in FIRST® LEGO® League’s TRASH TREKSM Challenge in November at South Central High School in Winterville.
In their rookie year and with the highest robot run score of the day, the Purple People Eaters team was named Grand Champion. They also placed third in the Robot Performance category. Team members Aeryn Robinson, Jenna Andrews, Isabella Bowen, and Jessica Mickschutz are in Troop 583, led by Hilary Andrews.
The Applesauce Agents team earned first place in Mechanical Design category and placed third in the overall competition. This is the third year this team has participated in regional competition. Team members are Amelia Floyd, Isabel Torrecilla, Hope Latta, and Charlie Floyd, members of Troop 1111. Their leader and coach is Wendy Floyd.
Teams are judged in several different areas including teamwork, core values, robot design, and robot performance. Purple People Eaters and Applesauce Agents will advance to the state championship at N.C. A&T University in January.
FIRST® LEGO® League introduces younger students to real-world problems such as recycling, energy and food safety, challenging them to develop an engineering solution. Teams design, build and program a robot to create a solution for the presented problem. This year’s theme allowed children ages 9 to 16 to explore the fascinating world of trash.
“I am super proud of these two Girl Scout teams. They have all put in a lot of hours, sometimes meeting up to four days a week,” said Deanna Welker, program director at Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines. “It’s intense! Seeing the girls get excited about engineering and work towards a solution together is just awesome.”