So, you think you might want to be a 4-H robotics volunteer but aren’t sure if you have the skills or education to do it? Relax — if you have a passion for helping youth realize their potential, know how to have fun, and recognize the importance of snacks — this volunteer job is for you!


If you are wondering what a typical robotics volunteer does, read ourGear Up to Volunteer publication which goes through a normal robotics calendar year.

Still interested in volunteering? Contact your local county Extension Agent! After you and your Extension Agent meet, you will need to complete the 4-H Volunteer Packet and Background Check. Other volunteer references include the 4-H Volunteer Quick Reference Guide.

Next, work with your Agent to complete the 4-H Robotics Year Round Training Guide and develop your robotics calendar. Use the materials located under Curriculum to organize your monthly meetings.

Youth, clubs, and advisory councils are also encouraged to complete record books.


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Filed Under: STEM – Science Technology Engineering and Math, Children and Parenting, Environment October 31, 2018

Mississippi State University received three grants Oct. 22 totaling almost $900,000 to enhance the advancement of scientific and environmental literacy among children and young people living near the Gulf Coast.

A medical doctor holds a vile of medication and talks to a young man in the Rural Medical and Science Scholars program.
Filed Under: STEM – Science Technology Engineering and Math, Food and Health, Rural Health March 16, 2018

Do you know a high school student interested in working in the medical field or a related science career one day?
The Rural Medical and Science Scholars program could be for them.
(Photo by Kevin Hudson)

The Rankin County 4-H robotics team, Wait For It, was in the winning alliance of three teams at the FIRST Tech Challenge in Houston, Texas. Members Lilli Stewart, left, Lauren Blacksher, Noah Gregory, Maisyn Barragan, Jordan Hariel, Logan Hariel and Mathew Blacksher are on the playing field of Minute Maid Park in front of 25,000 people to receive their award on April 22, 2017. (Submitted Photo)
Filed Under: STEM – Science Technology Engineering and Math May 3, 2017

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mariah Morgan remembers inquisitive 8-year-olds, just learning how to program beginner robots for 4-H projects. The rest of the world now sees one of them as a team of champion programmers.

Wait For It, the Rankin County 4-H robotics club, just earned top honors at the FIRST Tech Challenge at Minute Maid Park in Houston. FIRST stands for "For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology."

This north Mississippi robotics team, Challenge Accepted, took part in the world competition in Houston, Texas. Team members from DeSoto and Tate counties are Jon Shidler, left, Jon Rodgers, Zack Sahnger, Skyler Smith, Brandon Hess, Nathan Rodgers and Alex Turner. Members not pictured included Ella Douglas and Cade Holliday. (Submitted photo)
Filed Under: STEM – Science Technology Engineering and Math May 3, 2017

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi 4-H offers a unique way to celebrate the unofficial Star Wars Day, May 4, by encouraging support of the state 4-H Robotics Program.

May 4 is recognized for its connection to the famous movie line, "May the force be with you."

"May the Fourth has become a day to celebrate science, technology, engineering and math," said Mariah Morgan, an assistant Extension professor with the Mississippi State University Extension Center for Technology Outreach.

Mississippi 4-H’ers in the Oktibbeha County Clover Dawgs robotics engineering club celebrate 4-H National Youth Science Day. The Oct. 5 event features an engineering challenge for young people. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Kat Lawrence)
Filed Under: 4-H, STEM – Science Technology Engineering and Math October 6, 2016

STARKVILLE, Miss. – Local 4-H’ers weren't waiting until 4-H National Youth Science Day on Wednesday to open their 4-H Drone Discovery Challenge kits. Instead, the Clover Dawgs robotics engineering club began work Friday.

Each Oktibbeha County kid looked skeptically at the first set of components for the much-anticipated activity: a green, plastic tube that resembled a thick-walled straw, along with a short, white, lightweight propeller. Their mission was to build plastic helicopters.

Success Stories

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STEM – Science Technology Engineering and Math, Volunteers
Volume 3 Number 4

When she started volunteering with Tate County 4-H almost 15 years ago, Joy Magness didn’t know much about the youth development program delivered by the Mississippi State University Extension Service.

She was home-schooling her two children, Samantha and Eli, and her fellow home-schooling parent and friend Adelia Gaines asked Magness if she’d like her kids to join 4-H and if she’d like to volunteer.

A child uses colorful LEGO bricks at a 4-H Robotics competition.
STEM – Science Technology Engineering and Math, Dairy, Pesticide Applicator Certification, City and County Government, Mississippi Homemaker Volunteers, Soil Testing, Natural Resources
Volume 3 Number 3

4-H Debuts New Curriculum · Extension Develops Workforce · La-Z-Boy Donates Fabric · Stars Focus On Sustainability · Extension Directs Herbicide Training · Youth Discover Dairy Science · Soil Lab Welcomes New Manager


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