• Science

  • 4-H Robotics Program

    4-H has developed a comprehensive robotics program to inspire young people and develop an early interest in robotics engineering and technology. This new program is part of 4-H’s bold goal to engage one million new young people in science by the year 2013 and to address a declining trend in our nation’s science, engineering, mathematics, and technology workforce. 4-H Robotics is delivered through 4-H clubs, camps, school enrichment, and after-school programs nationwide. Young people will engage in service learning and community service projects, develop leadership and citizenship skills, and develop numerous life skills taught in 4-H clubs nationwide.

    Since this program began in 2009, 43 registered 4-H Robotics clubs have already launched with plans for hundreds more. To find out how you can start your own Robotics club, please contact your Local 4-H Extension office.

    Curriculum

    Robotics Curriculum Promo

    4-H Robotics is a unique opportunity to engage volunteers and corporate employees who can offer science expertise, workforce application, and mentoring to 4-H'ers in local communities. To get involved, volunteers can:

    A comprehensive curriculum, 4-H Robotics: Engineering for Today and Tomorrow, introduces robotics to youth ages 9 to 18 with beginner, intermediate and advanced skill levels. Young people will develop decision-making and critical thinking skills, and implement an understanding of the scientific and engineering design processes as they build real and virtual robots.

    Local Impact

    The 4-H Robotics program engages youth and adults together to develop local 4-H Robotics clubs. Volunteers and members work with local 4-H professionals to participate in training events, community service activities, serve as mentors and teachers to younger children in after-school programs, and recruit science experts within the community. They will also determine what level of curriculum is appropriate for their club.

    Club members can also decide if they want to get involved with local, regional and national robotics competitions like FIRST. To find out how you can start your own Robotics club, please contact your State 4-H Extension office. To find out about grants and other resources, visit 4-H Grants. You can also sign up for the 4-H Grants listserv to receive email notifications when Robotics grant opportunities become available.

    Marketing and Promotion

    4-H is working to drive interest and attention to this exciting new robotics programming at both the national and grassroots levels. While National 4-H Council will be working to promote 4-H Robotics on the national level through press coverage and online in social media venues like Facebook, we recommend that state and local programs reach out to promote 4-H Robotics locally to schools, after-school programs and drive coverage in their local media.

    Use these resources to supplement your local promotional efforts.

    Volunteering

    4-H Robotics offers a unique opportunity to engage volunteers and corporate employees who can offer science expertise, workforce application, and mentor 4-H'ers in local communities. To get involved, volunteers can:

    • Speak at a career day or club meeting
    • Serve as "content" volunteer to local 4-H Robotics clubs
    • Mentor at local engineering, rocketry, or robotics club
    • Organize local 4-H club visits to corporate sites

    Evaluation

    4-H professionals will receive training and resources to assist in their efforts to develop evaluation strategies and measure the effectiveness of their program. Formative and summative methods will be used to measure the effectiveness of the process used to deliver 4-H Robotics and the impact of the program on youth engagement, attitudes, and knowledge (YEAK).

    As the program expands across the 4-H System, data will be collected at the national level to evaluate its implementation and impact. The aggregated evaluation data from the states will be used to refine and improve the program.

    4-H staff are encouraged to work with other youth development organizations to replicate 4-H Robotics with youth served by other organizations