The Space Cookies, a team of high school students from Girl Scouts of Northern California, had their big blue robot Willow there throwing Frisbee after Frisbee into the goal.
“Willow is pretty tough,” said Sarah, a high school senior and one of the co-captains of the team.
The Space Cookies (pictured top right, working on their robot) not only built Willow and all their other robots bolt by bolt—from the electrical system to the computer program that runs the robot during the competition—the girls also draw up their own business plan and run an outreach office to mentor younger girls who want to be involved in robotics.
“We’re kind of like a magnet for younger female contestants at competitions,” said Sharon, also a high school senior and a co-captain on the team. “It’s good because they see us and they know they can do it too.”
The Atomic Flying Pickles (pictured above, on the competition floor waiting for their robot to compete) and the Geek Squad, middle school teams from Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails and Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho, also made the world championships in their age bracket.