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GIRL SCOUTS OF NASSAU COUNTY HOLDS FIRST LEGO LEAGUE ROBOTIC COMPETITION

Garden City, NY March 5, 2012 – The Girl Scouts of Nassau County's FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) Robotics team "The Icebreakers" recently hosted an all Girl Scout FIRST LEGO League (FLL) scrimmage on January 7th at The Cradle of Aviation Museum.

“We were very excited to see what kind of innovative robots our girls invented this year,” says Donna Ceravolo, Executive Director of the Girl Scouts of Nassau County. “This is a wonderful and creative way for Girl Scouts to compete with their peers in a fun environment. We’re sure that each Girl Scout gave the competition their all and had a lot of fun doing so!”

Ninety-five girls attended the scrimmage and about 80 girls participated. The Icebreakers team members drafted their coaches, parents, mentors and volunteers from other FTC teams to help run the scrimmage for 10 FLL Girl Scout teams from Nassau and Suffolk counties. The purpose of the scrimmage was to help prepare the teams for their upcoming FLL qualifying tournament to be held at Berner Middle School in Massapequa on January 28th and 29th.All eight Girl Scouts of Nassau County teams have made it to the Regional finals which were held on Sunday March 4that Longwood Middle School.

At the scrimmage the teams were judged on the four aspects of the FLL Food Factor Challenge including FLL core values, which consisted of teamwork skills and technical abilities, robot performance and project presentation. The project presentation for the Food Factor challenge was to create an innovative solution that prevents or solves the problem their team chooses. Food Factor asks, “Have you ever thought about where your food comes from and how it stays safe to eat?”and, “Have you ever thought about how your food stays fresh”? All teams came up with unique ideas and solutions to these problems. Nassau County Legislators Dave Denenberg and Rose Walker were on hand to cheer on the teams and take part in judging.

For more information about the Girl Scouts of Nassau County's Robotics Program, please contact Patricia Donohue-Brownat 516 741-2550 ext.273.

Girl Scouts of Nassau County builds girls of courage, confidence and character. Girl Scouting in Nassau County creates an accepting and nurturing environment, which gives girls a chance to build character and develop leadership skills for success in the real world. In partnership with committed adult volunteers, girls develop qualities that will serve them throughout their lives, like strong values, social conscience, and conviction about their own potential and self-worth. In order to get girls there, Girl Scouts has declared 2012 the Year of the Girl in a move to rally the nation around the cause of girls' leadership. With almost 21,000 girl and 7,000 adult members, Girl Scouts of Nassau County has become the preeminent organization and leading authority for girls. The organization, now in its 100th year, continues to make the world a better place one girl at a time.

For more information on the Girl Scouts of Nassau County call Donna Rivera Downey 516 741-2550 at ext. 260, or visit www.gsnc.org.

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