About the Space Cookies
The Space Cookies, FRC Team 1868, was founded in 2006 as a partnership between NASA and the Girl Scouts to inspire and prepare the next generation of technology leaders.
Since then, we have grown into an award-winning team, recognized at the local, national, and international level for our competitive robots, extensive outreach, and commitment to teaching every Space Cookie engineering and leadership skills. 100 percent of our alumnae have gone on to college, where over 90 percent have pursued STEM majors.
Team members participate in a wide range of training workshops, developed and taught by Space Cookies, learning skills from robot design, programming, and fabrication to finance, marketing, and communications.
These skills translate to our success both on and off the FIRST Robotics Competition field. We are a six-time recipient of the Regional Chairman's Award, the highest honor in FRC, and a finalist in the international Zero Robotics programming competition. In 2017, we became the first all-girls team to reach the finals at FIRST Championships.
We spread the FIRST message of STEM education and engagement continuously, focusing our outreach on girls and other youth typically underrepresented in the world of technology.
The five Girl Scout badges we've created encourage young girls to pursue their interest in STEM from a young age. We attend many Girl Scout events annually to demo our robot and spread STEM in the community.
We devoted more than 1,800 hours to community service during the 2016-17 season; participation in 26 outreach events allowed us to demonstrate the potential of girls in STEM to more than 180,000 people.
Over the years, our mentorship of 28 Jr. FLL, FLL, FTC, and FRC teams has allowed us to teach, encourage, and inspire other future engineers. The connections we've made within FIRST are invaluable.
We believe that all girls have the potential to change the world.
As a Girl Scout troop and FIRST FRC team, we are in a unique position to serve as a force for changing people, challenging perceptions, constructing programs, and creating possibilities.
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