ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Nearly 500 aspiring engineers gathered at South Anchorage High School to compete in the FIRST LEGO League robotics state championship Saturday. Six of the 52 teams of kids ages 9-14 were Alaska Girl Scouts, and represented the only all-girl teams in the competition.
Challenges included programming a robot, demonstrating teamwork, and friendly competition. Sue Perles, C.E.O. of Girl Scouts Alaska, said the girls started working on their entries last August and are expected to be among the top performers in the competition.
Anne Kurland, a Girl Scout volunteer and parent of one of the girls competing, said the robotics championship brings out the best in the girls. She said of her daughter's team, "There are little girls and older girls, and the older girls really mentor the younger ones. It's beautiful."