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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)
May 3, 2017 - Filed Under: STEM – Science Technology Engineering and Math

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)
May 3, 2017 - Filed Under: STEM – Science Technology Engineering and Math

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)
October 6, 2016 - Filed Under: 4-H, STEM – Science Technology Engineering and Math

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.

Campers (front row, from left) Jendiya Harkins, Jayda Robson, Ankeria Harkins and Morgan Peterson; and Travis Jones and Ceniyah Jamison learn robotics at a community summer camp on July 11, 2016 in Artesia, Miss. The Mississippi State University Extension Service and 4-H uses robotics to introduce children to science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs at an early age. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Michaela Parker)
July 20, 2016 - Filed Under: STEM – Science Technology Engineering and Math, Technology

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.  

May 5, 2015 - Filed Under: 4-H, Youth Projects, STEM – Science Technology Engineering and Math

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:

April 24, 2015 - Filed Under: STEM – Science Technology Engineering and Math

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.

Betsy Padgett, Holmes County Extension agent, and Christina Meriwether, Leflore County Extension agent, learn how to program robots at Mississippi State University's 4-H Robotics Academy on Aug. 13, 2013. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kat Lawrence)
August 14, 2013 - Filed Under: Technology, Family, STEM – Science Technology Engineering and Math

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.

July 19, 2013 - Filed Under: 4-H, Technology, STEM – Science Technology Engineering and Math

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Some of the nation’s leaders in the field of robotics will be at Mississippi State University August 11-15 for the first 4-H Robotics Academy.

The workshop is open to 4-H agents, volunteers, teachers and senior 4-H’ers, and will train them in the ROBOTC and NXT-G programming languages.

The 4-H Robotics Academy will be at the Bost Extension Center’s Building B. At the end of the week, participants can take an optional exam for certification by the National Robotics Academy.

The Pearl River County senior 4-H Robotics team, from left Elsa Schmitz, Emily Bordelon, Bradley Guillot and Eric Bordelon, plans robot construction to prepare for an annual robotics contest. (Submitted Photo)
April 22, 2013 - Filed Under: 4-H, Technology, Family, STEM – Science Technology Engineering and Math

MISSISSIPPI STATE – A Pearl River County family learned that 4-H robotics’ “no experience required” policy opened doors to new skills they never expected.

Jill Bordelon’s three children, Emily, Eric and Alex, became interested in robotics when 4-H first offered the activity in their county in 2009. Led by their mother, the children formed a team with interested 4-H’ers to construct a robot and compete against other robotics teams.

“None of us had done anything like this before,” Jill Bordelon said. “We got a kit and muddled through. We all learned at the same time.”

Terence Norwood
December 20, 2012 - Filed Under: Technology, Family, STEM – Science Technology Engineering and Math

CARSON -- A grant in Jefferson Davis County is opening new doors to teenagers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

Eighteen sophomores, juniors and seniors who attend the Dennis Fortenberry Career Center are the first group of students who will benefit from the $150,000 Mississippi Department of Education grant. The award provided funds to purchase equipment that will help students design and build robots and design and draft two- and three-dimensional objects with the aid of computer technology.

May 17, 2012 - Filed Under: 4-H, Technology, STEM – Science Technology Engineering and Math

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Robotics is a gateway to engineering careers and the focus of one track at the 2012 4-H Tech Camp in Starkville.

Mississippi high school students in 4-H can learn how to apply their technical skills to college success in the senior robotics track at Tech Camp. The residential program is offered through the Mississippi State University Extension Service 4-H youth program.

April 12, 2012 - Filed Under: 4-H, Technology, STEM – Science Technology Engineering and Math

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Young people interested in robots, the science behind sports, and shaving cream tag are invited to register for the first-ever Junior Robotics Camp at Mississippi State University.

The camp is a program of the MSU Extension Service and 4-H. Activities will include building robots, electrical circuit projects, catapult wars, field trips, campus experiences, a night at the movies and visits from special guests.

Jonathan Rodgers of DeSoto County, from left, Nick Murphy of Carroll County, Austin "Bubba" Meriweather of Leflore County and Kenzie Ellenberger of DeSoto County follow instructions to build a robot. The four joined other 4-H youth, volunteer leaders and agents at the recent kick-off of the 2012 robotics project at Mississippi State University. (Submitted Photo)
January 19, 2012 - Filed Under: 4-H, Technology, STEM – Science Technology Engineering and Math

MISSISSIPPI STATE – 4-H robotics projects spark interest in science and technology in youth in some of the state’s most rural communities.

Mariah Smith, an assistant professor with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, is coordinating the program for Mississippi 4-H. In addition to attending local meetings, the club members can take part in online chats to learn new skills and take on new challenges.

January 20, 2011 - Filed Under: 4-H, STEM – Science Technology Engineering and Math

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- A popular statewide 4-H project has kicked off its new year with a capacity crowd at Mississippi State University.

Youth and volunteers involved in 4-H Robotics Clubs, located in more than a third of Mississippi’s counties, came to MSU on Jan. 15 to begin their projects. They will continue activities throughout January and monthly until the robotics contest at 4-H Club Congress and Project Achievement Days in June.

Robotics competitor Keelan Ready, of Hernando, checks programming adjustments on her team's robot. (Photo by Patti Drapala)
June 4, 2009 - Filed Under: 4-H, STEM – Science Technology Engineering and Math

By Patti Drapala
MSU Ag Communications

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Educators who pioneered the 4-H movement recognized the importance of using hands-on activities and mental exploration to encourage youth to open themselves to new ideas and experiences.

While that basic premise of serving youth by helping them develop life skills remains important, many 4-H projects are clearly different from those of a hundred years ago. Today’s 4-H’ers can explore their world through numerous projects involving science, engineering and technology.