Robotics and Technology

Isn't that what all of us want our little girls to become? In today's world that feels dominated by the loud voices from boys, what can we do to help our girls become everything that G.I.R.L stands for, especially when thinking about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math... and Robotics?
 
I was excited to learn that Girl Scouts created a pathway for my daughter, a 2nd grade Brownie, and her troop. I found a guide, full of benchmarks, and badges that were carefully designed in a way that was perfect for my daughter. I also happen to own a robotics company, so I went forward fearlessly. Once our troop's parents saw their silly and chatty girls jumping with excitement while programming robots to race around the room, I had to contact GSMISTS.
 
My business partner and I formally created a robotics program for troop leaders to help their scouts earn STEM badges. We discovered that many moms felt lost when looking at the requirements for the STEM badges. They weren't saying they couldn't do it, but rather they were never shown that they could do it; or even worse, that they didn't have the certification to do it!
 
We believe that there is a STEM crisis in America and that parents (moms) hold a key to fixing the problem. Quarkmine isn't just for scouts and badges. We help parents and troop leaders discover that they can do STEM.
 
Let us help your girls get wildly excited about robots and become a G.I.R.L too, like you!
Philip Leete : parent and co-owner

As a community partner with Michigan Girl Scouts Shore to Shore, Quarkmine is very pleased to work with troops across the region.  

Would you like your troop to earn STEM Robotics Badges??  Are you looking for a fun location where girls can discover robots in a safe, fun, hands-on environment!

  • Quarkmine Space is a company created to promote Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) in northern Michigan through events, education and project-based hands-on learning.
  • Specialized workshops have been designed for girl scouts, 2nd to 8th grade.
  • Our workshops align with each of the programs!
  • Conviently Located in Traverse City - with easy parking

2074 W South Airport Rd.Traverse City, MI 49684
Reserve your time today - contact Philip for details

 

All Robotics Programs

  • A Quick link to all Girl Scout Badges
  • What Robots Do and How Robots Move (Daisy Troops)
    • Spend some time around robots, moving robots, watching robots and interacting with robots.  Ask some tough questions and have fun discovering the answers!
      • 1 hr. for each badge - $5/girl - flexible scheduling
  • Programming Robots (Brownie and Junior Troops)
    • Learn how to program a robot to race others in your troop during an exciting girl scouts STEM Robots and Cookie workshop.  Be the first to deliver your cookies by robot!
      • 1 hr. - $5/girl - flexible scheduling
  • Designing Robots (Daisy, Brownie and Junior Troops)
    • Let your troop solve a Girl Scout Cookie challenge by designing robot to meet the demands of cookie delivery.  This fun workshop will teach design principals while having FUN with COOKIES!
      • 1 hr. - $5/girl - flexible scheduling
  • Showcasing Robots (Brownie and Junior Troops)
    • After taking on STEM Robotics - weather independently or with the Quarkmine's workshops, give your troupe the chance to showcase their robot designs at Quarkmine Space during the Girl Scout STEM Showcase event.
    • CANCELED due to weather - Saturday, April 14th at Quarkmine Space - 10am to 12pm
    • RESCHEDUED to Satureay, May 5th at Quarkmine Space - 10am to 12pm
      • 2 hr. event - $2/girl

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is this only for Brownies? 
    • These programs are for Dasies, Brownies and Juniors (Each groups has their own set of 3 badges.  Please refer to the guide to know which apply)
  • Is there registration deadline?
    • All programs are scheduled on-demand except for Showcasing Robots.  That registration deadline is April 7th!!!
  • Is there a max number of girls?
    • These programs are designed to accomodate an entire troop.  Call Quarkmine if you have questions 
  • Is there a registration form for these badges and programs?
    • There are no Forms. - Call Quarkmine to Register your Troop for any of these programs or ask questions
  • Are these programs drop off events? 
    • These programs are NOT drop off events.  Troop leader needs to stay with their troop as they work through any of these robotics badge programs.
  • Is there any work that needs to be done in advance of the event? 
    • With the excpetion of Showcasing Robotis Badge, NO.  Prior work is not required for these programs.  Read Below for information about Showcasing Robots.
  • Will the girls be working with robots during the event? 
    • Troops will be working hands on with robots during the programs - EXCEPT for Showcasing Robots.
    • During the Showcasing Robots event, troops will be sharing their ideas and presentations about robotics.  They will not be working with Quarkmine Equipment or Quarkmine Robots.  

What is the Showcasing Robots Badge

(This event will earn Brownie and Junior Troops their Showcasing Robots Badge)

The Showcasing Robots Badge is the conclusion to the Girl Scout Robotics Program.  After having some experience with robots as a troop or through Quarkmine's "Designing Robots" or "Programming Robots" program, troops can decide how they would like to show-off their ideas about robots.  Troop leaders can guide their girls as they answer these simple questions

  • If you could build a robot to do anything you wanted, what would it do?
  • How would your troops robot look? 
  • Why would you have your robot do what it was designed to do? 

NOTE: Troops do not need to have completed the Designing Robots or Programming Robots Badges in order to participate in Showcasing Robots event and earning a badge!

Each troop should work together ahead of time (before the event), to create a presentation to show off at the Showcasing Robots event at Quarkmine  (Registration Deadline for Showcasing Robots is April 7th).  This is an open ended project that focuses on the troops presenting and sharing their ideas about STEM and Robotics.  


Daisy Robotics

for troop leaders - Daisy Robotics Badge Requirements

  • What Robots Do
  • How Robots Move
  • ​Design a Robot

 

Brownie Robotics

for troop leaders - Brownie Robotics Badge Requirements

  • Designing Robots
  • Programming Robots
  • Showcasing Robots

 

Junior Robotics

for troop leaders - Junior Robotics Badge Requirements

  • Programming Robots
  • Designing Robots
  • Showcasing Robots

 


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