Gear Tech 21 SpIn Camp

ISU Extension and Outreach - Clay County hosted a week long SpIn Event, GEAR TECH 21 Camp, which focused on robotics and GPS, for area youth in grades 4-9.  The GEAR TECH 21 Camp is through the Iowa 4-H Youth Development Program and has been instrumental in developing the 4-H project area that now in Clay County has seen a massive increase since this event was offered last summer.   During this week long event, participants were able to build a free moving car, design and program a robot, and learn how to use a handheld GPS unit.  Each day the youth were given a challenge pertaining to building or programming their robot in order to complete a task related to what they learned that day


“GEAR TECH 21 enabled youth to have loads of fun building and programming robots,” commented Wade Weber, ISU Extension Region One Youth Specialist.  “Through interactive lessons and problem based learning scenarios, youth develop skills in teamwork, decision making, and communication that will benefit them in school and for a lifetime.”  Wade led the group of fifteen excited youth with help from volunteers and county staff. 


For more information about Clay County 4-H programming check out the ISU Extension website,, call 712-262-2264, or email  If you would like information in regards to starting a partnership with the Clay County 4-H Program or learn about the SpIn event opportunities contact Jo Engel at

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