Local Girl Scout Led Robotics Team to Regional Award

Local Girl Scout Taylor led her robotics team to the top at FIRST’s Minnesota 10,000 Lakes Regional competition. Her team, Stampede Robotics, based at Breck in Minneapolis, MN, was awarded the Regional Chairman’s Award, advancing them to the FIRST Championship in St. Louis, MO, where they will compete against teams from around the world.

Girl Scouts Taylor (middle) and Ryan (right) with their mother and Girl Scout volunteer, Tammy (left).

Check out the video Taylor and her team prepared for their Chairman’s Award submission. The video provides details on the team, their robotics work and community outreach—including Stampede Robotic’s partnership with Girl Scouts River Valleys to conduct a STEM-focused workshop for girls and to present a robotics demonstration during the Great Girl Gathering @ MOA®. Taylor also wrote an essay to accompany the video, helping them earn the prestigious regional award.

Girl Scout Taylor leading a demonstration about robotics at the Great Girl Gathering.

Taylor and her sister Ryan, who is also a member of Stampede Robotics, have frequently served as spokespeople for Girl Scouts River Valleys, promoting various programs and events. We couldn’t be more proud of the courage, confidence and character exhibited by these dedicated Girl Scouts!

More about FIRST and the Chairman’s Award

FIRST was founded in 1989 to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge and life skills.

The Chairman’s Award was created to keep the central focus of the FIRST Robotics Competition on FIRST’s ultimate goal of transforming our culture in ways that will inspire greater respect for science and technology, and to encourage more young people to appreciate the real life rewards and career opportunities in those fields.

The award honors the team that, in the judges’ estimation, best represents a model for other teams to emulate, and which embodies the goals and purpose of FIRST. It is the most prestigious award presented at regional competitions.