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Space Cookies Robotics Team Wins Design Award at Google All-Girls VEX Robotics Tournament
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Space Cookies Robotics Team Wins Design Award at Google All-Girls VEX Robotics Tournament

The Space Cookies VEX Robotics Team 1868 competed in their last competition of the 2017-18 season on Saturday, April 21st, at the Google All-Girls Tournament held at the Googleplex (main campus) in Mountain View. The Space Cookies VEX Robotics Team 1868 is an all-girls robotics team sponsored by NASA Ames Research Center and the Girls Scouts (GS) of Northern California.

Each year the team builds four robots for competition. This year they built 1868A, 1868K, 1868X, and 1868Z. Team 1868K won the Design Award at the Google All-Girls Tournament. During the season, Team 1868 K won another Design Award at the Sacred Heart Competition in Saratoga, California, that earned them a spot at the State Championships. Team 1868A won first place at the All-Girls Tournament in Southern California. This has been a successful season for the team.

The Space Cookies VEX Robotics Team 1868 and Space Cookies FRC Robotics Team 1868 will also be demonstrating their robots and providing hands-on activities at the 2018 Golden Gate Bridging ceremony in San Francisco on Saturday, April 28th

BACKGROUND: The Space Cookies VEX Robotics Team 1868 is comprised of girls in the 7th-12th grade who come from across the Bay Area. They meet year round on Tuesday and Thursday evenings in the Space Exploration Lab in Building T20G.

Every year, when Junior GS advance to Cadette GS, there is a bridging ceremony where the girls walk across a ceremonial bridge (from one age group to the next). For the last 30 years, the GS of Northern California use the Golden Gate Bridge as their “ceremonial” bridge. 6,000 girls from across the country come to San Francisco to participate in this unique ceremony. After walking the bridge, the girls are then treated to a large fair on Crissy Field in the Golden Gate Recreational Area, which includes hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) activities, including the Space Cookies.

NASA PROGRAM FUNDING: NASA Robotics Alliance Project, Science Mission Directorate (SMD); as well as corporate and individual sponsorships.

POINT OF CONTACT: Wendy Holforty, wendy.l.holforty@nasa.gov

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