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4-H Robotic Challenge

2016 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 a statewide robotics competition through the Maryland  4-H Robotics Challenge. The challenge has two contests: the LEGO Robotics Challenge and the Robotics Engineering Challenge

The theme for this year’s LEGO Robotics Challenge is 4-H20: Water in Our Daily Lives.  Through 4-H20, 4-H members on teams will create LEGO robots that complete tasks related to water use on a 4‘ X 4’ board.  LEGO robots will collect water samples, irrigate crops, fix water lines and deliver hydrogen cells.  The 2016 challenge features a newly designed color mat which will challenge members to build smarter robots to utilize the lines and color features.   

In the Robotics Engineering Challenge, 4-H members will be building robots to collect debris on a 12’ X 12’ playing field.   Robots will need to collect marbles, pvc pipe, 2X4 boards and ping pong balls from random locations on the field and sort them into bins. 

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 at  https://extension.umd.edu/4-h/4-h-program-areas/robotics-0.  Teams must register through their county 4-H office, for the county office in your area go to https://extension.umd.edu/4-h/join-4-h
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