The Find Your SPRK+ in-school 4-H program allows students, k-8, to learn the basics of coding using an iPad and a Sphero robot. Students also learn concepts of the engineering design process as they navigate challenges such as the giant maze pictured below. Students are partnered during the activities allowing them to work on communication and problem solving with their peers. During the 2018-2019 school year, the robots have rolled into 11 different classrooms across the county, reaching youth in kindergarten-8th grade! It is an exciting highlight of the students day and they learn so many hands-on skills through this program.
The funding for the Find Your SPRK+ project was awarded by multiple granting organizations listed below. Funds were used to purchase two classroom sets of iPads, two classroom sets of Sphero robots (SPRK+ & BOLT) and supplies needed to deliver lessons.
The Oregon 4-H Foundation
Umpqua Bank Community Grant
Trust Management Services, LLC
If you have questions about the STEM programs in Lake County, contact Melissa Maxwell at the OSU Extension Office.
4-H Lego Day Camp
The camp is open to youth who will be entering 2nd through 6th grade in the Fall. This four-day camp focuses on early engineering concepts, teamwork, problem-solving and fine motor skills through the use of LEGO Education and robotics Kits. Lego Camp is held in July.
2022 Lego Camp Schedule
July 5th-8th, 2022
There will be two sessions, divided by grade
Youth entering 4th - 6th grade fall of 2022
10 am – 12 pm
Assistant Foreman Session
Youth entering 2nd - 3rd grade fall of 2022
1 pm – 3 pm
Lego Camp registration opens June 1st. Registration link: https://beav.es/wFg Please note all day camp class sizes are limited and registration will be taken on a first come first serve basis. Spaces cannot be held with a call and are only reserved once completed paperwork and payment is turned in to the OSU Lake County Extension Office. For your convenience, there is a secure drop box outside the OSU Extension Office to place completed forms with payment attached, outside of regular business hours.
Youth Helpers (14 and older)
If you are interested in being a Lego camp youth helper and enjoy working with younger kids and playing with Legos, you will need to complete the Older Youth Helper Application Form. Helpers will be compensated with a stipend for their time. Contact Melissa Maxwell at 541-947-6054 or [email protected] for more information. Application is due by June 16.
Don’t delay, as historically the 4-H LEGO Camps do fill up. There is a $20 nonrefundable materials fee; however, scholarships are available by request. Youth are not required to be enrolled in the 4-H program to participate. If you have any additional questions, please contact the Lake County Extension Office at 541-947-6054.
DIVE4Ag project provides immersive experiences for middle and high school Pacific Northwest youth and educators to explore agriculture with a 'farm to table' approach, including virtual reality and online activities. Young people can join the project as content co-creators by becoming a Teens as Teacher or tune into free, on demand monthly Ag Science Cafe interviews.