Texas 4-H Robotics Project

Overview

Robots are all around us. From the food we eat to the cars we drive, robots help make our lives easier, more efficient, and simply more fun! The field of robotics is expanding at a rapid pace, and Texas 4-H is poised to help lead young people into this exciting field.

Contact

Derrick Bruton
Extension Program Specialist

You will learn how to design, build, and program robots in an exciting and hands-on project. In this project, youth will:
DEVELOP an understanding of basic science concepts related to robotics.
APPLY the processes of scientific inquiry and engineering design.
BUILD skills in science, engineering, and technology.
USE the tools of technology to enhance learning.
EXPLORE related careers in these fields.
APPLY the skills and knowledge to new challenges.
Project clubs, groups, or teams meet at the local level to learn how to design, build, and program robots. Contact your local County AgriLife Extension office to see if there is a club or group that meets near you. Resources related to robotics platforms (brands), curriculum, build plans, contests and the like can be found in the Robotics Resource Links.
The primary robotics platform for the project (from a 4-H training and competition standpoint) is Lego® Mindstorms®; however, individuals or groups can independently pursue other platforms. Contests include, but are not limited to, the AgRobotics contests held at major stock shows throughout the state and the Robotics Challenge tournament held in the summer at Texas 4-H Roundup. Clubs/teams are also welcome to compete in non 4-H sponsored competitions such as those hosted by FIRST, BEST, and VEX as examples.
Robotics and STEM camp opportunities are available each summer at the Texas 4-H Center. Check their website for dates and details.
Statewide leadership opportunities are available in the robotics project through the STEM Ambassador program.

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