- Families & Volunteers
Girls in grades 4-8 are invited to be a part of Girl Scouts Louisiana East’s newest First LEGO League (FLL) being formed in Houma. The robotics team, which will hold an informational meeting in early August, will design and program its own LEGO robot, under the guidance of team coaches, Dr. Brenda Leroux Babin, owner of the Busy Bee Clinic, and Jennifer Hamilton, Community Librarian for the Terrebonne Parish Library.
“It’s exciting to get girls involved not only in the field of computer science, but with a real-world engineering project,” said Babin, a life-long Girl Scout. “I’ve found in my computer clinics that girls aren’t as interested in science and technology as boys, so introducing girls to these fields is important.”
According to Babin, by participating in the First LEGO League, girls learn to think like scientists and engineers, with teams designing their own solution to a current scientific question or problem and then building the autonomous LEGO robot to perform a series of missions. This year’s FLL scientific challenge will be unveiled on August 26.
The team will compete at a qualifying tournament in November with the hopes to move on to regional competition in December in New Orleans. The fee to join the team is $25 per girl, and parents are encouraged to volunteer as well.
“As part of the team, girls will practice problem solving, working on their communications skills as they prepare and give a presentation on their project to the tournament judges,” said Babin.
She anticipates that the FLL team will meet either after school or on Saturdays periodically throughout the fall, depending on which dates and times work best for team members. Team applications can be found here, or at the Busy Bee Clinic, 122 New Orleans Blvd., Houma. For more information contact Babin at 985-873-0107. For information about Girl Scouting, contact Membership Executive DeNeil Brown at 985-381-2688.