4-H robotic club competes at nationals

The Allegan County 4-H robotic club Team ROCK – Reaching Out to Community Kids – took part in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Championship April 24–27 in St. Louis, Mo.

The team was part of the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC). FRC combines sports with science and technology. Teams must solve a problem in a six-week timeframe. Given a standard kit of parts, the members build robots and program them to perform tasks against competitors in the Ultimate Ascent competition. In the competition, the teams’ robots compete to score as many discs as they can into their goals.

Team ROCK was the first Michigan 4-H club to qualify for this worldwide robotics championship. This Allegan County News article pictures the team and talks about the members heading for the state finals. In the article, 4-H leader Jerry Williams mentions that the team had a “slim chance” for advancing to nationals. With dedication and teamwork, that chance did happen, and the 4-H’ers took part in the competition in St. Louis. The club members can be proud of the hard work and determination it took to get there. At the championship, the team had 5 wins and 3 losses.

Michigan State University Extension 4-H program coordinator Dian Liepe said, “I am so proud of these youth! They represented Allegan County 4-H and Michigan by exhibiting great sportsmanship and teamwork.”

Read more here.

This FIRST YouTube video gives you an idea of the excitement and fun that contestants had at the event.

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