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4-H robotics training set

By Staff | Dec 23, 2014

STORM LAKE – A master volunteer robotics training session is coming to northwest Iowa for adults with a desire to lead youth in robotics experiences.

This 4-H STEM opportunity is set from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Jan. 24, 2015 at the Buena Vista County AEA and Iowa State University Extension building in Storm Lake.

David Seilstad, a regional 4-H youth program specialist with ISU Extension, will lead the training session.

Adult volunteers will learn to coach youth in working with basic robot design and program the bots to do special tasks through a blend of using GearTech21 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the new HyperStream program.

HyperStream is a technology career awareness program designed to support the initiative of developing Iowa’s future technology workforce and encourage Iowa’s sixth- through 12th-graders to pursue post-secondary technology education to prepare for Iowa tech careers.

Volunteers will receive instruction on how to lead these activities with youth, as well as tips on encouraging youth to build these skills and abilities and on providing hands-on experiences.

The volunteers who attend the training session will gain confidence to lead beginning youth engineers in robotic design and basic Lego Mindstorm programming.

In turn for the training, participants pledge to give back volunteer hours to 4-H youth development program opportunities with ISU Extension through workshops or club experiences.

All individuals receiving master robotic volunteer training must be able to commit to a minimum of 18 hours of service to the 4-H Robotics youth program within one year following training.

The program cost is $110 and does not include meals. A minimum of seven attendees is required to assure this training occurs.

Experienced 4-H robotics volunteers may attend as mentors.

For more information, contact Carol Ehlers, regional 4-H youth program specialist, at (712) 732-5056.

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