Members of the Robot-a-Trons (Florissant MO Troop 546) show off their winning robot which received awards for strategy, innovation and robot performance. The team is part of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri's FIRST® Robotics program which just received a $20,000 grant from the Monsanto Fund to support its work in introducing, inspiring and encouraging girls' exploration of science, technology, engineering and math.
ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - The Monsanto Fund awarded a $20,000 grant to the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri for its For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics program, designed to get girls interested in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The grant will be used to support the FIRST Robotics program for girls in the City of St. Louis and 28 surrounding Missouri counties.
In the 2013-2014 season, the Girl Scouts will set up 30 robotics teams compromised of 160 girls between the ages of 5 and 18. The FIRST Robotics program offers age-appropriate activities for three tiers of teams: girls 5-9, girls 9-14, and girls 14-18.
In 2012-2013, 26 Girl Scouts teams competed in the FIRST Robotics program.