Robotic Camp for GirlsThe Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore (GSJS) with the support of New Jersey FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) will be holding an overnight robotics encampment open to all girls in grades 7 through 12. Participants do not need to be a girl scout to participate. The encampment starts Saturday morning August 15th at 8 a.m. and ends Sunday, August 16th at 4 p.m.

The event is being held at the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore program activity center located on 127 Yellowbrook Road, Farmingdale New Jersey.

There will be team building activities. The girls will learn how to build a team from scratch, complete with pit decoration and team spirit.

The teams will build, wire, program and drive a robot in 2 competitions by the end of the camp. In addition to creating a working robot, fun activities include game strategizing, team naming, pit decorating, trivia games, BBQ and an optional sleepover that features Movie Night and a campfire.

Girls can join the GSJS team, FTC 6934 The TranSisters, join an existing team in their community or start a new team in the fall. Space is limited because of the low student to mentor ratios.

New Jersey FTC will provide girl and adult volunteers to mentor the campers. Mentors include veteran girls from teams who competed at the World Championships in St. Louis.

GSJS has donated the facilities and New Jersey FTC is providing the volunteer mentors. The camp will cost $40 for food and supplies. Deadline for registration is August 5th. For more information, contact C.Y. Ramsay via email at CYRamsay@yahoo.com.

For complete information and registration, please visit http://www.newjerseyftc.com and click on NJ FTC Events.

Girl Scouts is the world’s premiere leadership organization for girls. It provides an
accepting, nurturing environment where girls can develop leadership skills,
cultivate lifelong friendships, serve their communities and grow through new and
exciting experiences. All girls ages 5 to 17 of every racial, ethnic, socioeconomic or
religious background are welcome.

FIRST® Tech Challenge is a robotics competition for students in grades 7 – 12. Teams
of up to 10 students are responsible for designing, building and programming their
robots to compete as alliances against other teams. The robot kit is reusable from
year-to-year and is programmed using JAVA.
Teams are required to develop strategy and build robots based on sound
engineering principles.

Awards are given for the competition as well as for community outreach, design,
and other real-world accomplishments. Teams advance from local qualifying
tournaments to state championship tournaments, before advancing to the World
Championship Tournament, held each year in St. Louis, Mo.