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STEM Ed Announcement: Learn how to build and program LEGO robots!



This is a UMass program
 Contact information is below.
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 Learn how to build and program LEGO robots!
 
 
 Dates: Saturdays, March 9 and Saturday, April 6, 2013
 
 Location: Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center
 (March 9); University of Massachusetts Amherst (April 6)
 
 Ages: 8 to 13 (must turn 9 by Sept. 2013)
 
 Were looking for adult chaperones to bring teams of 5 girls to be
 part of the Western Massachusetts Girls Connect events.  Extremely
 popular in recent years, this cool all-girl introduction to FIRST
 LEGO League matches you up with coaches and professional computer
 scientists & engineers to learn how to build and program LEGO robots
 to do real-world tasks.  
 
 At the end of the day, well show off our robots in a friendly
 competition, and teams will receive awards for their hard work.  Well
 also tell you more about FIRST LEGO League and how you might join the
 fun for the 2013 season. No experience is required. In fact, girls
 who attended in the past are not eligibleits an introduction.
 
 The day-long events will take place at the MGHPCC in Holyoke (March
 9) and UMass Amherst (April 6). Teams may attend either date, but not
 both. In order to receive registration materials, one adult member
 (teacher, parent, Girl Scout troop leader, afterschool program staff)
 of your team must join one of the following brief informational
 conference calls on
 
 Wednesday, February 13th at 7:30pm
 Thursday, February 14th at 3:00pm
 Wednesday, February 27th at 7:30pm (April 6th event only) 
 Thursday, February 28th at 3:00pm (April 6th event only)
 
 Join the call by dialing 1-218-339-2699 Access Code 354432. Note,
 this is not a toll-free number; long-distance charges apply.
 
 Unless you have attended a Girls Connect event in the past, all teams
 must be represented on one call in order to receive registration
 materials! Because of the popularity of this program, partial
 applications cannot be considered. The event is open to teams of
 girls from Hampden, Hampshire, and Franklin counties.
 
 If you have attended a Girls Connect event in the past, email Karen
 Sullivan (ksullivan@usfirst.org) to receive the application forms and
 application website link. 
 
 Questions: Contact Karen Sullivan, ksullivan@usfirst.org
 
 Want to know more about FLL or FIRST? Visit
 http://www.firstlegoleague.org and www.usfirst.org 
 
 This event is co-sponsored by the Commonwealth Alliance for
 Information Technology Education (CAITE) (http://www.caite.info ),
 FIRST (www.usfirst.org), Girls Incorporated of Holyoke
 (www.girlsincholyoke.org), LEGO Education (www.legoeducation.com),
 Massachusetts Green High-Performance Computing Center
 (www.mghpcc.org).
 
 We hope to see you at Girls Connect!
 
 Renee Fall, CAITE
 Karen Sullivan, FIRST 
 Sarah Dunton, Girls Incorporated of Holyoke
 Cathy Helgoe, LEGO Education
 Claire Christopherson, Massachusetts Green High-Performance Computing
 Center
  

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