Year: 
2018
Project Leader: 
Alexandria Bryant and David Roach
Department/Program: 
Breckinridge County 4-H Council
Funding Received: 
$1,000

In 2017, the Breckinridge County 4-H Council was approached by local teachers and parents who felt that youth needed opportunities to learn about coding, problem solving, and careers related to technology and STEM fields. A collaboration between Breckinridge County 4-H, Hardinsburg Elementary School, and the Breckinridge County Public Library developed. Together we have planned robotics programs using 3 different delivery modes aimed at reaching youth of all ages, including a brand new 4-H Robotics Club, robotics school enrichment opportunities, and afterschool robotics programs. The programs will provide opportunities for youth to solve problems using lego robotics kits and junk drawer robotics kits in teams. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to travel to the University of Kentucky to learn about STEM fields and meet professionals in fields throughout Kentucky using computer coding and other STEM skills. The program aims to provide hands-on learning opportunities to increase youth's confidence, spark an interest in STEM careers, and develop life skills such as teamwork, cooperation, and self-confidence.