Texas 4-H Robotics Program

Bring 4-H Robotics to your 4-H Club or County Program! The 4-H Robotics Curriculum is designed to meet the diverse requirements of 4-H clubs, after-school programs, individual youth and school enrichment activities. The curriculum was developed for all levels of expertise: from beginning to advanced.

Texas 4-H offers a variety of programs, activities and events designed specifically to support and enhance volunteer participation and involvement in kids’ lives. Starting a local 4-H Robotics Club gives youth the opportunity to participate in many 4-H events and activities, as well as apply for scholarships, travel the country, and meet new friends. But most of all 4-H is for youth, and 4-H is fun!

We are pleased to announce that Robotics is now an official project for Texas 4-H members AND an approved project for Clover Kids.  Members can now add that project selection when enrolling on 4-H Connect.

Educational Workshops, Webinars, and Recordings

FREE Online Robotics Course for Beginners
Sign up now for our free online course that will start in October.  No prior robotics experience required.  A flyer has been attached to share with interested parties.  Module lesson titles include:

  • Sort and Build
  • Driving School
  • Stay in Touch
  • Eyes of the Robot
  • Design Like an Engineer
  • Helping Hand
  • How Far, How Fast

The course is designed for beginner leaders to go through the course with their students and robot kits.  Requirements for taking the course include at least:

  • 1 adult volunteer
  • Youth 4-H members
  • 1 Lego Mindstorm NXT or EV3 (preferred) kit

To register, go to this URL:  https://agrilife.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_8wspaSBZN007SAZ  Once registered, a detailed step-by-step set of login instructions for the course will be made available (in PDF format) to download.

Additional workshops can be coordinated through your County Extension Office.

Contest Information

The Texas 4-H Robotics Advisory Committee has decided that GEAR Robotics is the primary contest format for our robotics program. Below are rules and resources related to the GEAR contest.

Texas 4-H GEAR Robotics Resources
(applies to Texas 4-H sponsored contests only)

  • General Rules – PDF
  • “Pyromania” Game Rules and Objectives – PDF
  • “Pyromania” Game Piece Materials List – PDF
  • Game Mat Order
  • Game Table Building Instructions – link
  • Score Sheet – PDF
  • 2013 Contest Montage Video – link

Major Stock Shows – NEW CONTESTS
San Antonio and San Angelo stock shows are each planning to host their first robotics competitions in 2016.

Robotics Challenge at 2016 Roundup – NEW CONTEST
The Robotics Challenge is a contest designed to allow members to demonstrate their robotics, engineering, and problem-solving skills.  From a set of challenges revealed at the contest and within an allotted amount of time, teams of 3 to 5 members will build, program, and test their robot.  Teams will then attempt to earn points by completing as many challenges as possible. This contest will follow the rules and procedures outlined in the document linked below.

Robotics Challenge Invitational – PDF

Resources and Curriculum
(no product endorsement implied or intended)

  • National 4-H Robotics – Link
  • Junk Drawer Robotics Curriculum – Link
  • Platform Robotics – Link
  • Virtual Robotics – Link
  • Lego Education – Link
  • GEAR Robotics – Link
  • Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy – Link
  • Gearing Up 4-H Robotics Series – Link
  • Texas Tech University Lego Robotics – Link
  • Lego Engineering – Link
  • How to Make a Robot Lesson (Robotshop) – Link
  • NXT Tutorial (STEMcentric) – Link

SPIN Club – Start your own 4-H Robotics Club!

All 4-H clubs must be chartered for authorization to use the 4-H name and emblem. The charter becomes a permit for use of the 4-H club name and emblem and allows a group to function with the rights of the 4-H program. For more information on starting your own club, download the PDF.

Robotics Advisory Committee

Please review the document linked below outlining information and eligibility for the Texas 4-H Robotics Advisory Committee.  Applications are open now through October 15.  Applications are open to any County Extension Agent, teen 4-H member, or adult volunteer.  Each youth applicant must also have a reference complete the online recommendation form.  Links to the online youth and adult applications and the recommendation form are below.   Committee meeting dates will be determined once members have been selected.

  • Information –PDF
  • Youth Application:  Link
  • Adult Recommendation Form:  Link
  • Adult Application:  Link

Contact Information

Mr. Derrick Bruton
Extension Program Specialist – 4-H
District 4
17360 Coit Road
Dallas, TX 75252
Phone: 972-952-9264
Fax: 972-952-9632
E-mail: dbruton@ag.tamu.edu

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