On 8 March our older troop competed against 16 other teams at the MD State Championship for VEX IQ and received the top award - the Excellence Award. VEX IQ is a platform that allows teams to design and build robots, which can be controlled via remote or by creating programs to run autonomously. Working diligently throughout the year, the girls improved their teamwork; designed and built a robot - learning a new CAD program; learned how to use a programming tool; and conducted research on the role of math in robotics. On 8 February they competed in the CSM regional tournament and qualified for the State championship by receiving the same Excellence Award. The "Girl Scouts" were the talk of the judges, impressing them with their poise and confidence. They now qualify for the VEX Robotics World Championship in Anaheim, CA 23-26 April and the Summer Games in Hawaii in July.