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Tuesday, January 07 2014 - 3:30 pm
Tuesday, January 07 2014 - 5:00 pm
687 Route 9
Cape May, NJ, 08204
The Cape May County 4-H Youth Development Program announces three Lego robotics programs in the new year for youth in kindergarten through one year out of high school.
Six youth ages six to nine years will be accepted to form a 4-H Junior first Lego® League Team. Beginning Jan. 7, the team will meet for eight consecutive weeks on Tuesday afternoons from 3:30-5:00 p.m. at Lower Cape May Regional High School.
Junior first Lego® League is a hands-on program designed to capture young children's curiosity, and build an interest in science and engineering. Just like first Lego® League for older youth, this program features a real-world challenge to be solved by research, critical thinking and imagination. This year’s theme will be Disaster Blaster.
One unique aspect of the 4-H Jr.FLL® is that participants will be mentored by teen 4-H members of the Lower Cape May Regional High School 4-H Club, led by club leader Karren Barr. The team will design and build solutions to the Disaster Blaster challenge using LEGO elements, apply real-world math and science concepts and learn team building and presentation skills.
Registration is first come, first served. Team members will display their robotic builds and a Disaster Blaster project poster at the second annual 4-H LEGOPALOOZA on Feb. 22.
The second opportunity is a LEGO Robotics 4-H Afterschool Club for youth fourth grade and up. This club, led by 4-H leader John Spriggs at Cape Christian Academy, will meet weekly on Tuesdays for eight consecutive weeks beginning January 14 from 3:15 to 5:00 p.m.
This group’s focus will include MINDSTORMS Robotics, collaborative builds and online robotics design challenges. The club will also help plan and run 4-H LEGOPALOOZA Feb. 22 at the Lockwood 4-H Youth Center in Cape May Court House. This event will be open to all youth six years of age through one year out of high school. Youth are invited to enter their LEGO builds and bashes and participate in hands-on LEGO activities. New this year will be a robotics design contest for ages 14 and over.
4-H Program Associate Linda Horner is excited about these new opportunities for youth in Cape May County. “One of the 4-H Youth Development Program’s primary goals is to build interest in science, engineering and technology in youth. Legopalooza and these two new short term, special interest 4-H clubs are a great way to do that,” Horner says. “We are hoping the kids will have so much fun that they will want to keep going!”
For additional information about robotics opportunities for youth, contact the 4-H Youth Development Program at 465-5115, ext. 605, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more about the Cape May County 4-H Program at www.cmc4h.org.
4-H Youth Development Program is part of Rutgers Cooperative Extension. 4-H educational programs are offered to all youth, grades K-13, on an age-appropriate basis, without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability.