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PHOTO: Girl Scout of the Jersey Shore robotics coach, Richard Morgan (third from left), was selected by the United States Air Force as one of only 24 mentors to the Second Annual FIRST Leadership Program.

FARMINGDALE, NJ - The United States Air Force selected Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore robotics coach, Richard Morgan, as one of only 24 mentors to the Second Annual FIRST Leadership Program at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Leadership Program is a unique opportunity for a choice group of teachers and mentors to inspire and help young people become science and technology leaders by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills.

As coach of the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore’s robotics team, Morgan introduces girls to programming by creating robotic structures that move and make sound. His robotics team is a part of the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program that provides opportunities to girls of all ages in enhancing their education in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. The STEM program offers informal education outside of a classroom setting in after-school programs, libraries, at home or through community-based programs. 

In their first five years, Morgan’s robotics team has earned a number of awards and recognitions at state competitions including:

  • Qualification to compete at 2009 DE FIRST State Competition
  • 2009 FLL 1st place Robot Design Award GSJS All Girl Team! Rowan Qualifier
  • Qualification to compete at 2010 DE FIRST State Competition
  • 2010 FLL 1st place Project Award GSJS Rowan Qualifier
  • 2011 FLL 1st place Project Award GSJS Rowan
  • Qualification to compete at 2012 DE FIRST State Competition
  • 2012 FLL 1st place Project Award GSJS Rowan Qualifier

For more information about Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore’s STEM program, visit www.girlscoutsjs.org/stem