LEGO Ladies Grant Application NOW AVAILABLE!
Posted By R. Utzman
Do you have a group of all girls interested in FIRST LEGO League?
Do you have trouble acquiring funding?
If so, this is the perfect opportunity for you!
Over the last couple of decades the gender gap in STEM interest has remained disappointingly steady. Recently, however, female disinterest in STEM careers has begun to increase at an alarming rate. In fact, according to an article written by myCollegeOptions and STEMconnector, girls are one-third less likely to pursue STEM careers as a viable option. With this being said NASA and FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition in Science and Technology) are reaching out in accordance with national efforts to inspire excitement in girls through collaborative, hands-on STEM based robotic challenges. We believe that competitions such as FIRST LEGO League have the power to encourage girls to act as leaders, test their technical skills, and break the social barrier that unneccesarily hold some girls back within the science and engineering world.
NASA and FIRST are offering support in starting two new all girls robotics teams for FIRST LEGO League (grades 4th-8th) in the state of WV. Each of the two all girl teams will receive a new EV3 LEGO robot and software package ($430), which will be considered a “loan” from NASA pending your team registers and participates in a qualifying tournament. One of the coaches will be required to sign a contract to this effect. Our team from FIRSTis also extending one-on-one training for your new all girl team. If you are interested in starting an all girlsrobotics team in WV, please fill out the LEGO Ladies Grant Application by September 12th. You will be asked to explain your need and how starting a FLL team will inspire your girls to better develop an interest in STEM.
If you have any questions, please contact the FIRST Senior Mentor or one of the FIRST VISTAs listed on the Contact Page.