4-H LEGO® Robotics: Learning to Love Science & Technology

Robotics 4-H Club teaches youth about science, technology, engineering and math.
Robotics 4-H Club teaches youth about science, technology, engineering and math.
Marion Extension faculty member Cristian Curiel organizes the Robotics club and teach the technical information.
Marion Extension faculty member Cristian Curiel organizes the Robotics club and teach the technical information.

By Mary Stewart

WOODBURN, Ore. — Lincoln Elementary School students are applying math and science concepts as they build a robot and make it work.

According to Cristian Curiel, the Oregon State University Extension faculty who teaches the afterschool sessions, students practice what they learn in the classroom through hands-on activities in the 4-H robotic club. “They learn how to solve problems in a fun, positive and low pressure environment,” says Cristian.

“It makes me want to do more science,” says Gerald Plascencia, a 5th grader from Woodburn. “I have learned how to read and follow instructions. I have also learned that it is important not to mix two or more kits to build robots,” he says with a twinkle in his eyes.

Lincoln Elementary students who participate in the afterschool club build a small robot out of LEGO Mindstorm NXT kits and program the robot to carry out as many missions as possible on a 4-foot by 8-foot playing field.

The team has the opportunity to compete in one or more robotics tournaments around Oregon and Washington.

4-H is the youth development program of the OSU Extension Service. Youth in grades four through 12 may belong to various 4-H clubs centered on areas of interest that include not just robotics but also photography, camping, livestock, foods and 100 other project areas.

For more information about 4-H, contact the Marion County office of Oregon State University Extension in Salem, 503-588-5301

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