Robotics Training Resources

Robotics is one of the most exciting, fastest growing project areas in 4-H. But starting a 4-H Robotics program can be intimidating. Below are some resources to help!Youth Robotics                                                                                                                           


National 4-H Webinars


In 2012 National 4-H hosted a series webinars on starting and supporting 4-H robotics programs. All these trainings were recorded and archived, so you have access to the! Here’s how:       


There are more robotics training webinars planned in the future. Go to Upcoming 4-H Webinars to register and participate.                                                           


GEAR-Tech-21 Training


GEAR-Tech-21 is an innovative curriculum that brings together robotics, GPS (Global Positioning Systems) and GIS (Geographic Information Systems). The program is targeted for youth in grades 5-8. Iowa has four 4-H staff who are trainers for this curriculum. To find details on upcoming, in-person trainings visit the Iowa GEAR-Tech-21 Training page.


4-H Robotics Curriculum Training


The 4-H Robotics Curriculum Professional Development Resources page has a list of training modules available. Work with your Extension Region’s 4-H Program Specialist and the Campus 4-H STEM staff to organize a training in your area based on the modules available on this page!


Robotics Competitions


One of the most exciting ways for youth to participate in robotics is through competitions. If you have, or plan to organize, a team of youth to participate in a robotics competition, contact the organizers of the event to find out about training and support available for adult leaders and coaches. Below are some of the most popular robotics competitions in Iowa.


Popular competitions


Bratney Companies 4-H Robotics Challenge – Utilizing the GEAR-Tech-21 and/or 4-H Robotics Curricula and their associated trainings is great preparation for this event.


IT-Adventures – Contact info@it-adventures.org for information about training and support offered for this program.


Jr. FIRST LEGO League – Contact isek@iastate.edu for information about training and support offered for this program.


FIRST LEGO League – Contact isek@iastate.edu for information about training and support offered for this program.


FIRST Tech Challenge – Contact ftc.iowa@gmail.com for information about training and support offered for this program.


Other Robotics Training Opportunities


Do you know of other robotics training opportunities available online, or in/near Iowa? If so, send information about them to 4heset@iastate.edu. As we become aware of additional opportunities we will post them here.

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