Robotics Teams


FIRST LEGO League is an exciting global robotics program that ignites an enthusiasm for discovery, science, and technology. GSNNJ sponsors several competition teams that meet regularly at our Riverdale Service Center. Each year FLL teams embark on an adventurous challenge based on real world problems. Guided by team coaches and mentors, the teams research and solve a real-world problem based on a challenge theme, present their research, solution, and build an autonomous robot using engineering concepts.

Each team will meet at the Riverdale Service Center every Sunday from Sept. 10, 2023 through the end of November. Meetings are from 3:00-7:00 p.m. Adult supervision is provided (girls can be dropped off at the Service Center for this program). Fee includes robotic equipment, team shirt, pizza dinner weekly, FLL fees and coaches. Girl Scouts will earn the Cadette Robotics Badge (steps 1, 2 & 3).

To join our FIRST LEGO League teams, contact GSNNJ's Chief Program Officer Charisse Taylor at or call (973) 248-8200.

FIRST Tech Challenge Team | Steel Magnolias FTC 17009

Learn to think like an engineer as you work with a team to design, build, and code a competitive robot from a reusable platform (powered by Android technology) and using a variety of levels of Java-based programming.

Our team, Steel Magnolias FTC 17009, is starting its fifth year and has garnered $64,000 in college scholarships for previous members. Steel Magnolias meets every Saturday evening at the Riverdale Community Center, September through March. Competitions occur on weekends and may include Sundays. Some additional sessions will be added as competitions near; however, 100% attendance is NOT required.

We are seeking Girl Scouts interested in STEM-related positions that concentrate on designing, building, and programming. Experience is not necessary. There are more than 200 FIRST Tech Challenge Robotics teams in New Jersey and Steel Magnolias is a top contender. 

Applications for our FIRST TECH Challenge team are no longer being accepted for the 2023-2024 year. Girl Scouts can apply during June/July.