09.14.19

Daines visits with award-winning Kalispell robotics team

In August, an all-girls robotics team won at a NASA competition. On Saturday, they showed off their skills to U.S. Senator Steve Daines.

The challenge included flying a drone and using a moon map. The moon map pays homage to the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing.

The girls made lots of adjustments to the robot to meet the requirements of the challenge.

It took a lot of hard work and practice.

They learned how to effectively communicate amongst each other because the pilot, who operates the robot is blind, behind a wall.

No one on the team had flown a drone before, but they did have a few years of experience working with Lego robots.

Daines says he hopes the all-girls team starts a trend.

“We need more young women to think about going into careers in the sciences,” said Senator Daines. “What the girl scouts are doing here is a great way to promote that.”

The team is heading to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida in November as a reward for their win at the national competition.


By:  Vanessa Perez
Source: NBC Montana