2011 Bratney 4-H Robotics Challenge Teams Named

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.

Bratney Companies 4-H Robotics Challenge“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.

2011 Bratney Companies 4-H Robotics Challenge Teams

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.

Senior Division

  • Master Builders, Winneshiek County
  • Robo Bucs, Buchanan County
  • Androids of the Round Table, Linn County
  • Science, Technology and Leadership Club, Muscatine County
  • MHS Robotics, Linn County

Junior Division

  • STEM-gineers, Greene County
  • Sac Operation Robot, Sac County
  • Titanium Thunder, Guthrie County
  • St. Augustin Toxic Teens, Polk County
  • Legomedics, Polk County
  • Team Poweshiek, Poweshiek County
  • Atomic Fireballs, Dallas County
  • Mad Sciencebrics, Linn County

For more information, contact Karen Frank at kmnaig@gmail.com or Holly Bignall at hbignall@iastate.edu.