11 Teams to Compete in 2012 Robotics Challenge at Iowa State Fair

AMES, Iowa – Eleven teams of Iowa youth have been selected to compete in the 2012 Bratney Companies 4-H Robotics Challenge at the Iowa State Fair.robotics challenge 

Each team consists of three to 10 youths, and at least one member must be in 4-H. The competition takes place over two days. The junior division will be held on Friday, Aug. 10, and the senior division will be held on Saturday, Aug. 11, in the 4-H Exhibits Building.

“The robotics challenges help youth to better understand areas in engineering and get them excited about it,” said Holly Bignall, Robotics Challenge supervisor with Extension Science, Engineering and Technology (E-SET).

Teams will work together to build their robots in the time allotted. To move on to the finals, teams must score more than their competitors. The top two scoring teams in each division will move on to the final challenge.

This event is sponsored in full by Bratney Companies, Des Moines, Iowa, through a five-year grant. The company provides planning, design, construction and equipment solutions to seed, feed, grain, milling, food and bulk handling facilities around the world.

2012 Bratney Companies 4-H Robotics Challenge Teams

Iowa youth who completed any of grades five through 12 were eligible to apply for the competition. The following teams will participate in the Bratney Robotics Challenge this year.

Junior Division

  • Pocahontas County 4-H Robotics Club
  • Lego Robotics Builders, Polk County
  • Early Achievers, Sac County
  • Lake Mills Robotics, Winnebago County
  • Hardin County 4-H
  • Block Stars, Dallas County
  • Hawk Engineer, Delaware County
  • Lego Medics, Polk County

Senior Division

  • MHS Robotics, Linn County
  • Lego Master Minds, Scott County
  • Sci Tech Club, Muscatine County