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El Dorado County building robotics program

By From page B8 | October 4, 2011

The world is always evolving and the new “thing” is technology.

From Apple to Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas, everyone is talking about how cool and interesting technology is. What’s more? Technology is the future, according to the New York Times. The No. 1 fastest growing field is engineering and the fourth is computer science.

But where can a student get hands on experience in these fields? The answer lies in robotics. Robotics is a quickly growing activity that involves engineering and computer science concepts. Robotics deals with programming, physics and engineering through hands on, fun experience. In robotics participants complete exercises such as designing and building catapults and understanding their workings.

Students in fifth through 12th interested in robotics should visit the EDC 4-H Robotics website — ucanr.org/sites/EDC_4-H_Program/Robotics — fill out the survey and enroll to attend the information session at 6 p.m. on Nov. 7. The location is to be determined.

For more information contact Carol Martin at [email protected], Nathan Somavarapu at [email protected] or Rupa Somavarapu at [email protected].

Martin, 4H youth development community liaison for El Dorado County, wanted to bring Robotics awareness to El Dorado County, and was excited to find Nathan an El Dorado County Youth Commissioner and experienced FIRST Robotics participant.

Together they decided to start a robotics program for El Dorado County and found out that Lockheed Martin is trying to develop a robotics program for several California counties by providing kits and providing training to the interested counties’ 4-H leaders. Martin and Nathan have recruited some local robotics team members and coaches to be involved in the training to help train the 4-H youth in the county.

As a part of this process, they have put out the survey on the 4-H website to gauge the interest for the county robotics program and have planned for an information night and the training sessions for all interested youth in the county. The project goal is to provide hands on robotics design, programming help with multiple activities, and also have FIRST FLL, FTC and FRC team robot demonstrations and eventually help set up some teams to participate in competitive robotics.

Check out this link for a cool video involving Will.i.am and the FIRST Robotics:
http://ucanr.org/sites/EDC_4-H_Program/Robotics/

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