STEM – Science Technology Engineering and Math
4-H Junior Robotics with NXT-G
The Junior 4-H robotics program offers a youth ages 8-13 an opportunity to learn basic programming skills in addition to teamwork, public speaking and other life skills. The robotics program utilizes the LEGO Mindstorms Robot with NXT-G software. Advanced Juniors may also use RobotC software. The program is a yearlong program. Participants should participate utilize the national 4-H robotics curriculum as well as the software curriculum. Participants will build the REM robot, program the NXT robot, use advanced programming commands, make use of sensors in programming, and solve age appropriate research problems. Learn more about 4-H Junior Robotics at http://4hrobotics.msucares.com/curriculum/junior/.
4-H Junior Computer Challenge (10 & 11 year olds)
This program will prepare youth for a digital economy by engaging them in hands-on computer science learning opportunities. Based off of the curriculum by code.org youth will learn concepts such as conditions, algorithms, binary code, and debugging. These lessons will prepare youth to use Scratch Jr. for the computer contest at 4-H project achievement days. Participants will create a program using Scratch Jr., give a 3-5 minute presentation using key terms such as loops, debugging, conditionals, and algorithms and, understand the impact computer science has on the world around them.
4-H Cloverbud Robotics Curriculum with Dash
Research shows that if girls are not exposed to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) subjects by Kindergarten and minority boys by first grade the chances of them pursing STEM decrease significantly as they grow older. This program will serve as a gateway both to the local county 4-H program and future STEM education. Learn more about 4-H Cloverbud Robotics at http://4hrobotics.msucares.com/curriculum/cloverbud/.
4-H Cloverbud Robotics Curriculum with WeDo
Research shows that if girls are not exposed to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) subjects by Kindergarten and minority boys by first grade the chances of them pursing STEM decrease significantly as they grow older. This program will serve as a gateway both to the local county 4-H program and future STEM education. Participants will understand that robots are moving parts and need programmed instruction to perform behaviors, know that a program is a sequence of instructions for the robot to follow, create repeating instructions using loops, program the robot to use sensors to feel and see what is around it. Learn more about 4-H Senior Robotics at http://4hrobotics.msucares.com/curriculum/senior/.
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.
By Michaela Parker
MSU Extension Service
ARTESIA, Miss. -- Children’s faces lit up as they watched their bright-blue robots glide across the floor at their commands.
Nate Peterson, community development coordinator for Artesia, watched his 32 summer campers beam with excitement as they played with robots for the first time. Peterson worked alongside camp director Betty Sanders to coordinate sports, educational demonstrations and other activities for local children to enjoy while their parents were at work.
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Summer camp is going high tech for Mississippi teachers, senior 4-H’ers, and 4-H agents and volunteers.
The Mississippi State University Extension Service will host the second annual Robotics Academy July 27-30 at the Bost Extension Center on the MSU main campus. Participants will learn how to plan a robotics program, how to host a robotics camp, how to plan a successful fundraising campaign, and how to use 4-H robotics and coding in the school setting.
Attendees can choose from four educational tracks:
MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Children with an interest in robots, snow and problem-solving are invited to a robotics camp at Mississippi State University.
The Cloverbud Robotics camp, a program of the MSU Extension Service and 4-H Robotics, is for students from age 5 to 8. The camp will be July 6-8 from 8 a.m. to noon each day at the Bost Conference Center.
MISSISSIPPI STATE – Although robots do dangerous and repetitive tasks and provide automation in industry, it was their role as really good teaching tools that drew trainers to Mississippi State University in early August.
The MSU Extension Service’s Center for Technology Outreach hosted the 4-H Robotics Academy Aug. 11-15. The center partnered with NASA and the University of Mississippi’s Center for Mathematics and Science Education to offer five days of robotics training at basically no charge. MSU’s Bagley College of Engineering was also involved.