UMaine Extension Holds 11th Annual ​4-H Robotics Expo

Photo First place ROOKIE Team Award went to J. Collins, C. Farrar and E. Morris (L to R) from Charlotte Elementary. They designed a fire-fighter robot in an effort to keep human fire fighters safer. (Submitted photo).


University of Maine at Machias was the site of the 11th annual 4-H Robotics Expo on March 25 where 20 teams made up of 65 youth came to demonstrate their knowledge in robotics and public speaking. The event, sponsored by UMaine Extension 4-H, also offered workshops led by UMaine Machias faculty and an optional challenge activity for participants.

 “4-H is all about informal learning opportunities," said Extension 4-H educator Jen Lobley. "Today, youth demonstrated a number of life skills, including leadership, team work, decision making, problem solving and communication.”

 The Downeast STEM Guides offered a variety of hands-on science activities at the Maker Station, including coding activities and a junk drawer robotics table where participants were encouraged to build and tinker.

 

 4-H has expanded its reach beyond the traditional club model focused on agriculture to offer over 100 topic areas to meet the needs and interests of today’s youth. Partnerships with local school and after-school programs staff, as well as university departments and community volunteers, are critical to the success of the program. More information about Maine 4-H and how to volunteer is available by contacting the Washington County Extension office, 207.255.3345, 800.287.1542, or onlineextension.umaine.edu/4h.