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Habib, Maria A. – Journal of Extension, 2012
Robotics competitions generate excitement and raise the profile of a robotics program. This article provides an overview of robotics competitions, concentrating on those sponsored by FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and RECF (Robotics Education and Competition Foundation). FIRST® LEGO® League and VEX® robotics…
Descriptors: Robotics, Competition, Equipment, Scheduling
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Wallace, Michael L.; Freitas, William M. – Journal of Extension, 2016
Preparing young Americans with science and technology skills has been on the forefront of educational reform for several years, and Extension has responded. Robotics projects have become a natural fit for 4-H clubs, with members' experiences ranging from using Lego® Mindstorms® and other "purchase and assemble" robotics kits to building…
Descriptors: Robotics, Youth Clubs, Extension Education, Program Effectiveness
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Wallace, Michael L.; Freitas, William M. – Journal of Extension, 2016
4-H clubs can build and program underwater robots from raw materials. An annotated resource list for engaging youth in building underwater remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) is provided. This article is a companion piece to the Research in Brief article "Building Teen Futures with Underwater Robotics" in this issue of the "Journal of…
Descriptors: Robotics, Youth Clubs, Extension Education, STEM Education
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Dolecheck, Suzann Hagan; Ewers, Timothy – Journal of Extension, 2017
In this article, we explain an organizational system for the new LEGO Education WeDo 2.0 Core Set used in 4-H robotics; in school enrichment, afterschool, and other youth robotics programs; and by hobbyists. The system presented is for organizing WeDo parts into a translucent parts tray that includes part names and numbers. The article provides…
Descriptors: Robotics, Youth Programs, Systems Building, Hands on Science
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Sherrard, Ann; Rhodes, Amy – Journal of Extension, 2014
The release of the latest LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robotics platform in September 2013 has provided a dilemma for many youth robotics leaders. There is a need to understand the differences in the Mindstorms NXT and EV3 in order to make future robotics purchases. In this article the differences are identified regarding software, hardware, sensors, the…
Descriptors: Robotics, Comparative Analysis, Consumer Economics, Purchasing
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Habib, Maria A. – Journal of Extension, 2012
The current mission mandates of the National 4-H Headquarters are Citizenship, Healthy Living, and Science. Robotics programs are excellent in fulfilling the Science mandate. Robotics engages students in STEM (Science, Engineering, Technology, and Mathematics) fields by providing interactive, hands-on, minds-on, cross-disciplinary learning…
Descriptors: Robotics, Extension Education, STEM Education, Youth Programs
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Ewers, Timothy G. – Journal of Extension, 2010
4-H youth development programs nationwide are responding to the 4-H National Science, Engineering, and Technology (4-H SET) Initiative to involve more youth in Science, Engineering, and Technology activities. The goal is to increase the numbers of youth choosing to pursue SET careers. This article describes a program that is having great success…
Descriptors: Youth Programs, Elementary Secondary Education, Robotics, Science Activities
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Barker, Bradley S.; Grandgenett, Neal; Nugent, Gwen; Adamchuk, Viacheslav I. – Journal of Extension, 2010
The study reported here examined the effectiveness of educational robotics combined with GPS/GIS technologies used as "digital manipulatives" in the teaching of concepts in science, engineering, and technology. Based on the success of previous summer camps, the study also examined a scaling-up of the intervention from 38 participants to…
Descriptors: Manipulative Materials, Extension Education, Youth Programs, Scientific Concepts
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Sallee, Jeff; Peek, Gina G. – Journal of Extension, 2014
Extension and 4-H youth development programs are addressing a shortage of scientists, engineers, and other related professionals by promoting science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). This case study illustrates how the Oklahoma 4-H Youth Development program trained youth-adult teams to design and implement STEM projects. The STEM…
Descriptors: Extension Education, STEM Education, Case Studies, Youth Programs