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4-H’ers Learn Mindstorms Robots

4-H’ers Learn Mindstorms Robots

4‑H has a long history of supporting robotics programs through 4‑H clubs, after-school programs, camps and curriculum. Through robotics, 4‑H’ers learn teamwork, problem-solving, critical thinking, engineering and design. Hoyleton began their after school club in October with 23 youth participating.

Group leader Steve Kasten works with one of the group members as they learn to program the robots.

Participants are working together in small groups, following directions provided, to create a LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Robot, complete with brick, motors, and sensors. Youth will work with computer programming to bring their robot to life. They are also learning about math and geometry in relation to degrees of turn.

Group leader Steve Kasten says he sees the continued value in programs such as this, preparing the kids for a future where they will be expected to work with others, follow directions, and troubleshoot in potential future careers. There will be a culminating event after the first of the year, in conjunction with Lutheran Schools week, where their schoolmates, families, friends and community members will witness a Robot challenge.

One of the EV3 robots the students are working with this fall.

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, contact the extension office at (618)327-8881

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