Viper Bots go to the Capitol

Jadzia shows off our robot at the Missouri State Capitol.

Jadzia shows off our robot at the Missouri State Capitol.

On March 3, Jadzia and her Viper Bots teammates joined the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri for a STEM expo at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City.

What an exciting conclusion to our first year as a Girl Scouts robotics team!

At the expo, the girls showed off the robot they made in the fall. They also performed science demonstrations like melting styrofoam cups in acetone.

The Viper Bots with State Rep. Sharon Pace on the floor of the Missouri House of Representatives

The Viper Bots with State Rep. Sharon Pace on the floor of the Missouri House of Representatives

We witnessed the opening of the Senate and saw a bill passed. We were supposed to meet State Rep. Sharon Pace, but she missed our initial meeting. When we spotted her at the expo later, we ran over to introduce ourselves to her. She was so excited that she rushed the team to the House of Representatives. She asked permission to stop the session briefly and recognize our team on the floor of the House!

The Viper Bots outside the Missouri State Capitol

The Viper Bots outside the Missouri State Capitol

The Viper Bots accomplished a lot this year, including winning an award for their project at the First Lego League qualifier back in November. I’m glad for all the cool experiences they got to have. I hope they’ll remember these things the rest of their lives.

UPDATE (March 30, 2016): The Viper Bots got their photo printed in this month’s issue of the Ferguson Times!

The April 2016 issue of the Ferguson Times had brief items about the Viper Bots and about Jadzia's spelling bee victory.

The April 2016 issue of the Ferguson Times had brief items about the Viper Bots and about Jadzia’s spelling bee victory.

About Josh Renaud

I'm the Emperor of the Renaud Empire, which is to say that I'm the husband of a Boliviana and the father of three daughters and one son. When I'm not conquering lands and expanding borders, I'm a newspaper designer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Find me on Twitter (@Kirkman) or Google+.
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