Danbury Girl Scout Robotics Team a Top Finisher

Maansi Barnwal and Natalee Seipio hold up samples of their award-winning project.
Maansi Barnwal and Natalee Seipio hold up samples of their award-winning project.
A team of Girl Scout Cadettes from Danbury won first place for Innovative Solution at the FIRST Lego League Tournament, held on December 6 at Central Connecticut State University.

The Danbury robotics team, called “Team Epic,” earned this recognition for the second year in a row, receiving a grant of $125 to cover the cost of a patent to protect their idea, focused on the theme of “Nature’s Fury” and natural disasters. Their project was a “to-go” pack for kids. Unlike an adult pack of emergency supplies, the purpose of this pack is to make kids feel safe and comforted. The packs were each filled with a blanket, healthy snacks, and other assorted items. The front of the bag had a fox on it; a cute image that wouldn’t remind a child of a pet that may have been lost in the emergency.

In addition, Team Epic was one of the top five teams to win an award from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers – also for the second year in a row. 

“Our robotics program continues to make huge strides and has become a shining success of our STEM programming,” said Mary Barneby, CEO, Girl Scouts of Connecticut. “We couldn’t be prouder of our girls and the amazing things they achieve in our science and technology activities. They are truly the next generation’s innovators in the STEM fields.”

Team Epic is coached by Ellen Bell and Joanne Sterk and comprised of the following members: Maansi Barnwal, Natalee Seipio, Jasmine Bahl, Kay Bell, Tanvi Chennuru, Iman Khan, Sophia Menendez-Aponte, and Khushi Parikh.

This program is one of many offered under Girl Scouts of Connecticut’s STEM initiative, which offers girl-led, girl-centered activities to help develop a girl’s confidence and build her skills in science, technology, engineering, and math. As a part of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, programs such as these help a girl discover herself and her values, connect with others to build healthy relationships, and take action to make the world a better place.

 For more information about Girl Scouts of Connecticut’s STEM initiative, visit http://www.gsofct.org/pages/STEM.php.


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