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Montana's Robotics Champs Heading to Nationals in Houston


Robotics Team

A group of Girl Scouts will be heading to Houston, Texas in April to show their STEM savviness at the FIRST Championship. Established more than 25 years ago, FIRST is the oldest and largest youth robotics program in the world.

The four seventh graders represent Lewis & Clark and Will James Middle Schools and go by the team name “Beauties and the Beast.” The first-year team, which consists of Shannon D., Kenna T., Christine C., and Madison G., had the overall highest placement among 80 teams competing at the Montana FIRST LEGO League Competition in Bozeman earlier this year.

FIRST LEGO League teams spend months building and programming animal-themed robots made from Lego kits, and competing by performing "missions" on pool table-sized playing fields.

Now the team, coached by Kelli Toohill and assistant coaches, Darla Williams and Kevin Toohill, will compete with up to 60 teams in Houston April 19-22.

2017 marks the first year for the dual FIRST Championship structure. In addition to the Houston championships, there will also be a Championship in St. Louis, Missouri from April 26-29. The primary intent was to make the FIRST Championship more accessible, available, and affordable to more kids and teams by assigning a “home” championship.