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!
Educational Workshops and Webinars
Below are two opportunities to learn about this year’s new GEAR game theme. Join us for a 4-H GEAR Kickoff webinar. Just click the link on the date/time listed. We will review the new rules and discuss aspects of scoring. We will record both of these and post a link here afterwards if you are unable to join the live session.
- 4-H GEAR Robotics Kickoff
February 16, 2015; 11:30 a.m. to approximately 1:00 p.m.
- 4-H GEAR Robotics Kickoff
February 17, 2014, 6:30 p.m to approximately 8:00 p.m.
The Texas 4-H Robotics Advisory Committee has decided that GEAR Robotics is the contest format for our robotics program. Below are rules and resources related to the GEAR contest.
- May 9 Wichita County 4-H GEAR Robotics Open Contest – PDF
- May 16 DFW Area 4-H GEAR Robotics Contest – Coming soon
Texas 4-H GEAR Robotics Resources
(applies to Texas 4-H sponsored contests only)
- General Rules – PDF
- “Pyromania” Game Rules and Objectives – PDF (Video – Coming Soon)
- “Pyromania” Game Piece Materials List – PDF
- Game Mat Order
- Single mat: $138.94 (does not include shipping)
- 10 or more mats: $57 each (does not include shipping)
- To place an order, email Carla at Coldfire Signs at: email@example.com
- It is recommended to contact other robotics programs near you to pool an order of 10 or more mats in order to get the significant discount.
- For practice purposes, you can make your own or have a local company print one if you choose. Specifications can be found within the “Pyromania Game Rules and Objectives” document linked above
- Game Table Building Instructions – link
- Score Sheet – PDF
- 2013 Contest Montage Video – link
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
GEAR Tech 21 – GIS/GPS and Robotics
GEAR-Tech-21 teaches robotics, GPS, and GIS technologies through building and programming a robot, navigation, and mapmaking activities. GEAR Tech 21 has step-by-step guides and resources. It’s real learning with real adventures! Your club can even compete in virtual competitions with teams located across the country. GEAR-Tech-21 is based on the Nebraska Robotics and GPS/GIS in 4-H: Workforce Skills for the 21st Century program and is funded by the National Science Foundation.
Parents, volunteers, and youth – you can start your own GEAR-Tech-21 group in your area or coordinate a GEAR-Tech-21 summer camp. For more information, visit: http://4hset.unl.edu/4hdrupal/
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.
Extension Program Specialist – 4-H
17360 Coit Road
Dallas, TX 75252