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New Worcester County 4-H Club Explores Robotics

Aiden Norvell, age 9, was excited to attend his first 4-H meeting at which he learned to build and program a Lego robot. The Worcester County 4-H Berlin Hoot Owls club meets the second Thursday of each month at the First Baptist Church in Berlin.
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Kathy Decker

New Worcester County 4-H Club Explores Robotics

A new 4-H club has fledged in the Berlin area and branched out to explore the world of Robotics.  The Worcester County 4-H Berlin Hoot Owls Club, open to all youth ages 5 – 18, met on November 12 with more than a dozen young people trying their hand at Robotics.

 

Under the guidance of Worcester County 4-H Program Coordinator, Cindy Morris, teams of two strategized to follow a build manual to construct an alligator made of Legos.  The teams then used laptop computers to program their alligator to move, snapping its mouth open and closed.  Robotics is just one of the many activities 4-H offers in the focus area of S.T.E.M. education. 

4-H is the nation’s largest youth development organization dedicated to helping cultivate the next generation of leaders and tackling the nation’s top challenges such as the shortage of skilled professionals, maintaining our global competitiveness, encouraging civic involvement, and becoming a healthier society.  According to a study by Tufts University, 4-H youth are three times more likely to actively contribute to their communities and have higher educational achievement.  Serving more than 7,000,000 young people, 4-H offers opportunities in more than 100 project areas that are as diverse as the kids themselves.   Under the supervision of trained adult volunteers, 4-H youth “Learn by Doing”.

Meeting on the second Thursday of each month at First Baptist Church on William Street in Berlin, this club is led by Mendy Fiori and Katie and Patty Grey along with Denise Ortega who shared her response to the turnout for the meeting.  “We are so excited to see the increased interest in 4-H here in the Berlin area.  We look forward to steadily growing and making a positive impact on our community through our 4-H youth programs.”

For more information on 4-H in Worcester County, call 410-632-1972 or visit www.extension.umd.edu/worcester-county.  “The University of Maryland is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Equal Access Programs.”                                                                                

 

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