Robots are all around us. From the food we eat to the cars we drive, robots help make our lives easier, more efficient, and simply more fun! The field of robotics is expanding at a rapid pace, and Texas 4-H is poised to help lead young people into this exciting field. You will learn how to design, build, and program robots in an exciting and hands-on project.
The primary platform for the project is Lego® Mindstorms® but individuals or groups can independently pursue other platforms.
National Youth Science Day
Join the world’s largest youth-led science experiment! Visit the National Youth Science Day Website to learn more.
National 4-H Robotics
This program helps students learn basic science concepts and application of the scientific inquiry method and engineering design. Tracks that are open to students: Junk Drawer Robotics Curriculum.
This 10 lesson online tutorial program is designed for students interested in building a robot on their own and provides explanations of robotics terms. View the “How to Make a Robot” Lesson to learn more.
STEMcentric is a resource for students and teachers using the LEGO® Robotics kits. The NXT Tutorial is divided into two parts. “Essentials” is the first part and includes information all NXT programmers should know with exercises for practice. The second part “Advanced” is for reference. View the NXT Tutorial to learn more.
Texas 4-H Tech Team
The Texas 4-H Technology Team is a group of young people and adults who promote computer and technology use within 4-H. The Technology Team recruits new members yearly for one to two year membership terms. This program requires a significant amount of time and requires that you secure transportation for the Fall Orientation, the Spring Meeting, Texas 4-H Roundup, and Texas 4-H Congress. Applications are accepted once a year before the beginning of the 4-H year. For questions, please contact Derrick Bruton: 972-952-9264 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Robotics Challenge at Texas 4-H Roundup
The Robotics Challenge is a contest designed to allow members to demonstrate their robotics, engineering, and problem-solving skills. Visit the State Roundup webpage to learn more. For questions, please contact Derrick Bruton: 972-952-9264 or email@example.com.
Texas 4-H GEAR Contests
Ages: Juniors (8-13) and Senior (14-19)
Students are given the opportunity to design, build, and test a robot with limited time and resources. After completing the robot, the students can enter the robot into the GEAR (Get Excited About Robotics) competition. Part of the learning process is learning new game designs and developing winning game strategies. These competitions are open to active 4-H members who compete as 2-6 member teams. The competition is comprised of a robotics demonstration, an informational presentation, and technical interview.
- General Rules
- GEAR Kickoff PowerPoint
- Game Mat Ordering Instructions
- 2018 “Wild Thing” Game Rule Announcement
- Game Table Building Instructions
- GEAR Presentation Scoresheet
Texas Tech University GEAR Contest
South Plains elementary and middle schools have the opportunity to partner with engineering students from Texas Tech University for a period of 6-8 weeks. This program is free of charge and requires schools to register. School teams will have the opportunity to compete in the South Plain GEAR tournaments. Visit the website for more information.
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- State Fair of Texas
Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy
The Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy is a branch of the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute and it seeks to provide resources and activities for classroom use. This program uses Robot Virtual World Software which allows students to experience programming robots and viewing the robotics perform virtually.
This site provides inspiration and support for teachers using the LEGO® -based engineering program in classrooms.