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2015 Maryland 4-H Robotics Challenge

2015 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 Trash Talk: Using Trash to Power the World.  Through Trash Talk, 4-H members involved in robotics will create LEGO robots that complete tasks related to utilizing trash on a 4 ‘ X 4’ board. LEGO robots will collect trash, recycle bottles and cars and install a power generator. In the  Robotics Engineering Challenge 4-H members will be building robots to place 4” discs with a 1” hole on a ½” dowel rod on a 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-HRobotics website. The game manuals and registration forms are available at the bottom of the page.  

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