Girls in grades 7 through 12 are eligible to join the Space Cookies VEX team. All skill and experience levels are welcome; no prior experience is necessary.
Our team meets twice a week year-round at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA. During the intense build season leading up to, and including our competitions (August-February), we often add extra work days, when the lab is open (specific days determined by the team).
The VEX organization releases the new “challenge” (game) in April of each year. Gearing up for the build season our team members learn the basics of robotics, VEX parts, and robot programming (EasyC and Robot C), through girl-lead workshops. Veteran team members lead girls in brainstorming ideas about possible robot designs as well as prototyping parts, following the engineering design process. Our adult mentors are on-hand to help, when needed. This pre-build season is followed by our intense build season. Here the robot is assembled and tested and game strategies discussed getting ready for competition. Our competitions are usually from September-Febrauary. Once our build season ends we move into our recruitment and outreach season. We organize our Open Lab and the troop reaches out to Girl Scout troops and other organizations, in order to promote girls in STEM.
Visiting the Lab & Joining the Team
Potential new members are invited to attend an Open Lab (this year, it is on May 2nd), followed by three consecutive lab visits. After the lab visits the potential new members are evaluated by the current Space Cookies VEX members and some are invited to join the troop. Once the new members accept the invitation and complete their paperwork they can start attending troop meetings (usually in May). This year our Open Lab is scheduled for Saturday, April 14, 2018 at NASA Ames Research Center, Mountain View CA.
Registrations for the Open Lab on April 14, 2018 will open shortly. For enquiries please Send us an email.