Months of Hard Work Pays Off for St. Monica Girl Scouts
“We have two First Lego League, Jr. Robotics teams made up of girls from our St. Monica School Girl Scout troops. It was the first season Girl Scouts offered this and it was a blast! The theme this year was Water Use and Water Conservation. The girls got so much out of it. They learned and used engineering design process to design, build, and code their models. They presented the models to many judges and answered many questions at the First Lego League, Jr. Expo at Whispering Cedars on Sunday. And they learned a LOT about water use, water needs, and water conservation throughout the season.
One team, H2O67, developed, built, and programmed model that has a community garden with water reclamation element that captures water runoff, purifies the water to drinking quality, and stores the water. The water is then distributed to the community garden and also can be used by the public if they do not have access to clean drinking water. Our other team, Water Wonder Girls, developed, built, and coded a windmill pump system that provides water to a pool, house, garden, and fountain. It would be very useful to deploy in rural settings where access to water is limited.
All of the girls’ months of hard work showed at the Expo again and again as they thoughtfully and confidently answered the judges tough questions. 30 teams competed at the Expo and both SMS Girl Scouts Robotics teams ended up walking away with Honorable Mentions. So proud of them! RJ Ravanzo and I were the coaches.” Submitted by Liesl Mayerson