University of Maryland Extension

2014 Maryland 4-H Robotics Challenge Is Now Open for Registration

One of the fastest growing areas of 4-H across the country is robotics.  4-H members in Maryland have the opportunity to participate in robotics through the Maryland 4-H Robotics Challenge.  The challenge has two contest: the LEGO Robotics Challenge and the Robotics Engineering Challenge.   The theme for this year’s LEGO Robotics Challenge is Technology for Seniors – Using Technology to Improve the Quality of Life of Senior Citizens.  Participants will build LEGO Mindstorm robots to do a variety of tasks related to the life of Senior Citizens on a 4’ X 4’ field. Part of the challenge will also have members completing a service project that will assist seniors with using technology.  Four! will likely be heard, as members that participate in the Robotics Engineering Challenge will be building robots to get golf balls in various holes on the 12’ X 12’ playing field. 

These two challenges are patterned after FIRST’s First Lego League(FLL) and First Tech Challenge (FTC) robotic games.  This year in Maryland there are over 400 FLL and FTC teams with over 3,000 youth participating in these robotic challenge.  The 4-H Robotic Challenges are an excellent way to get youth involved with 4-H.

4-H members that want to participate in robotics challenge can visit the Maryland 4-H Robotics website at http://extension.umd.edu/4-h/4-h-program-areas/robotics-0.  The game manuals and registration forms are available at the bottom of the page.  Teams must register for the challenge through their county 4-H office.

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