Girl Scouts In the News: April 2009 Archives

Girl Scouts of the USA and FIRST continue to inspire interest in science and technology through competition

April 16 -- 18 six Girl Scout teams from around the country traveled to the Georgia Dome to participate in the 2009 FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics World Championship. The girls competed against more than 10,000 students, from middle school and high school, in a robotics contest that teaches young people to address engineering and design problems in a creative and collaborative way.


Last year, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) announced a partnership with FIRST as part of the organization's commitment to inspiring more girls and young women to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers. The partnership was designed to foster opportunities for girls to explore STEM by providing hands-on experience in the designing, building and programming of robots while applying the concept of 'gracious professionalism' during competition. The partnership is made possible through support from the Motorola Foundation. 

"In an ever-changing economy there is a growing demand for critical thinkers," remarked GSUSA Chief of Staff, Jaclyn Libowitz. "Through programs like FIRST and our other STEM initiatives, we're showing girls that not only can they be successful in math and science, but they can also be leaders in those fields."


Teams who qualified for the FIRST Championship include:

FLL (FIRST Lego Leagues)

  • Ice Breakers - Girl Scouts of Nassau County
  • Weather Robots - Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles

FTC (FIRST Tech Challenge)

  • Rock 'n Roll Robots - Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles
  • Techno Chix - Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson

FRC (FIRST Robotics Challenge)

  • Space Cookies - Girl Scouts of Northern California
  • Austin Lady Tin Cans - Girl Scouts of Central Texas

"We're excited to be able to continue our partnership with the Girl Scouts" said Paul Gudonis, FIRST President. "Through their innovation, teamwork and leadership, the Girl Scout teams that have advanced to the Championship are showing other young people that science can be rewarding and fun."

On Monday, April 13th, the Girl Scouts will join the ranks of Warren Buffett, Condoleezza Rice, Michael Bloomberg, and other esteemed American leaders by ringing The Opening BellSM at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).


At 9:30 a.m., sixteen Girl Scouts ranging from Daisy-level (grades K-1) to Ambassadors (grades 11-12) will participate in The Opening Bell ceremony, joined by Girl Scouts of the USA's CEO Kathy Cloninger, Chief Marketing Officer Laurel Richie, and Chief Financial Officer Florence Corsello. 


"In these uncertain times, girl leadership and the Girl Scouts make a surefire investment," said Kathy Cloninger, GSUSA CEO. "Families need a safe and affordable place for their daughters to learn, grow, and have fun in the midst of a chaotic world. And the world desperately needs more girls and women in power solving the complex problems we face."


On the day of the event, a photo of the bell ringing will be on the homepage as well as access to live and archived webcasts.


The event will include a live webcast starting at 9:29a.m. (EST) To view, visit:



Fox News Channel


When no one stepped in to take over Troop 1444, Fayette NC, after their leader was deployed to Baghdad, one dad volunteered to accept the challenge!  Keith Reagan has been leading Girl Scout troop 1444 for the last several months and so far the girls and parents have embraced him with open arms.


Tonight (April 10) Fox News channel takes a look at this unique Girl Scout troop. The story is slated to run on The Fox Report with Shepherd Smith, which airs at 7 p.m. EST. Regan hopes to inspire other dads to get involved.

Channel One News reporter Toni DeAztlan recently interviewed troops from the new, more mod Girl Scouts. Though Toni's not a Girl Scout herself, we hope she earned an honorary badge, because we learned a lot of new things about the organization too.
Read some firsthand experiences from current Girl Scouts and watch the interview on at:



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