The Moore American

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April 3, 2013

Girl Scouts set to compete in Lego League

MOORE — A group of Girl Scouts from Moore will take the world stage for the second time from April 25-26 when they compete at the 2013 Jr. First Lego League World Festival Expo in St. Louis.

The Girl Scouts are one of only 40 teams representing six countries to earn a place in the competition. Called the Saber Cubs, the team from Moore was the first team representing Girl Scouts-Western Oklahoma to reach this level of team robotics competitions. Last year the girls brought home the “Simply Awesome Machine” award from the First Lego League World Festival Expo.

The Jr. First Lego League introduces the youngest students to the worlds of science and technology. Jr. FLL features a real-world challenge to be solved by research, critical thinking and imagination. Guided by adult coaches, students work with Lego elements and moving parts to create solutions and present them for review.

“The girls are very excited,” said coach Rebecca Johnson of Moore. “To have reached this level of competition two years in a row is a very big accomplishment for anyone. They are looking forward to returning to St. Louis to represent not just Girl Scouts but girls everywhere to let them know that girls can do anything.”

Members of the Saber Cubs Girl Scouts Team are Eaera Soto, Elise Garrett, Amy McSwain, Davida Burk, Sara Moore and Kylee Johnson. Coaches are Johnson and Sara Soto.

After spending several weeks building team work skills to put together a project for this year’s “Senior Solutions” theme, the Saber Cubs were the only repeat competitors in their regional event in November, and took home the Team Spirit Award for the second time at the state competition in December.

“Girl Scouts-Western Oklahoma is committed to the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) opportunities for girls,” said Shannon Reed, STEM & Series Leadership Executive for Girl Scouts-Western Oklahoma. “Seeing these girls go for their second chance at Worlds is amazing and I know that everyone will be rooting for them and that they will represent Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma very well.”

If you would like to make a taxable donation, please contact Rebecca Johnson at Girl Scouts of Western Oklahoma, 405-528-GIRL (4475) or 800-698-0022 Ext. 7983.

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