Girl Scouts FIRST LEGO League Team Takes Part in White House Science Fair

Apr 22, 2013, 10:53 ET from Girl Scouts of the USA

NEW YORK, April 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Two Girl Scouts, Catherine and Summer, and troop leader Susannah Rousculp will represent their FIRST LEGO League Team known as the Atomic Flying Pickles from New Mexico at the White House Science Fair today.  The team was invited to attend after sharing their invention of an evaporative cooling headband for seniors with the White House Office on Science and Technology. 


The team developed the evaporative cooling headband, as part of their "Senior Solutions" project, to provide the elderly with a non-pharmaceutical solution to insomnia.  The cooling headband they tested is filled with gel that soaks up water and stays hydrated for hours.  Worn at night, the headband offers evaporative cooling action that may bring down the temperature of the frontal cortex to reduce racing thoughts that can keep the elderly awake at night.   

The girls will present their project along with one of their robots at the fair, which President Obama is hosting to celebrate student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions from across the country. The fair is part of the President's Educate to Innovate campaign to inspire students to excel in math and science. 

"We'd like to thank the White House for the opportunity to be part of this important science fair.  To expose girls to STEM activities and careers, our council partnered with the New Mexico First Lego League," said Peggy Sanchez Mills, Chief Executive Officer of the Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails. "We're delighted that the girls' exploration into STEM has brought them all the way to White House Science Fair.  We believe each of the young ladies is a wonderful example of future leaders who have the potential to change the world for the better.  This is what happens when a community invests in a girl; when we invest in a girl we invest in our future."

"I am so excited and honored to be going to the White House and to be able to meet other students from around our country doing STEM related projects," said Catherine. "I think this will be a great experience for me and my teammate. It's great to be representing Girl Scouts and to be sharing all the new STEM activities we are doing. My team and I won the state FLL Champion's Award for inspiring others about the excitement of science, and I hope that other girls will be encouraged to see how fun STEM activities can be."

The Atomic Flying Pickles are a FIRST LEGO League (FLL) team of sixth grade Girl Scout Cadettes of Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails, including Catherine (age 12), Summer (age 12), Evelyn (age 11), Haylee (age 11) and Lauren (age 12), all from Los Alamos, New Mexico.  FLL Teams use LEGO Mindstorm kits to design robots that can compete autonomously on a field table with LEGO mission models.  The team, a winner of the NMFLL Tournament, will represent New Mexico in the FIRST World Festival in St. Louis.

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About FIRST LEGO League:  FIRST LEGO League is to say that it is a robotics program for 9 to 16 year olds (9 to 14 in US/CAN/MEX), which is designed to get children excited about science and technology -- and teach them valuable employment and life skills. FLL can be used in a classroom setting but is not solely designed for this purpose. Teams, composed of up to ten children with at least one adult coach, can also be associated with a pre-existing club or organization, homeschooled, or just be a group of friends who wish to do something awesome.    

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