AMES, Iowa – The 2011 Bratney Companies 4-H Robotics Challenge teams have been chosen. Thirteen teams of Iowa youths are gearing up to compete at the Iowa State Fair.
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 senior division will be held on Saturday, Aug.13 and the junior division will be held on Sunday, Aug. 14 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.
“I cannot wait to experience the intensity and positive teamwork that is everywhere you look at a robotics challenge,” says Karen Frank, Robotics Challenge coordinator.
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.
Iowa youth who completed any of grades 5 through 12 were eligible to apply for the competition. The following teams will participate in the Bratney Robotics Challenge this year.