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News Release

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4-H Host Robotic Challenge Workshops in Hillsboro

On June 13 and 17, University of Illinois Extension and Montgomery County 4-H hosted robotics workshops. On June 13, 4-H offered two WeDo Robotics workshops for youth ages 6-9, at the Extension office in Hillsboro. Youth explored engineering, technology and coding as they created, built and programed their own robot. Participants included: Ty Barricklow, Kate Beeler, Astrid Denby, Lexi Downey, Andrea Durbin, Johan Holsinger, Alison Lanter, Hannah Laurent, Katelyn Marley, Beth Matthews, Beth Matthews, C J Matthews, Hailey Meyer, Lauryn Miller, Alec Pollard, Cooper Pollard, Daxton Ronen, Owen Trader, Noah Vallelonga, and Sofia Vallelonga.

On June 17, students over the age of 9 participated in the 4-H Robotics Challenge. This full day workshop allowed youth to explore, develop, design and program a robotic vehicle for the next mission to Mars. Robots were designed to run through a challenging obstacle course on a simulated Mars-scape. One of the day’s challenges was to build a robot that could drive itself down a "path". A short video is available on YouTube showing the results of their experiment: . Participants included: Nathan Brown, Austin Greenwood, Ben Hoehn, Kyle Holcomb, Jeffrey Kamer, Reece Lohman, Abby O’Malley, Griffin Schuricht, Connor Seelbach, and Gabrielle Vallelonga.

Participants of both robotics workshops were assisted by 4-H Teens as Teachers David Bruns, Alex Miller, and Silas Weir. The 4-H Teens as Teachers program is sponsored by the Illinonis 4-H Foundation.

Montgomery County 4-H is offering many workshops for youth this summer. Most workshops do not require membership in 4-H to attend. A full list of upcoming activities can be seen at the 4-H website . For more information about Extension robotics programs or 4-H, please contact Elisha Hughes, Montgomery County 4-H Program Coordinator, at the Extension office in Hillsboro by phone 217-532-3941, or email at, or online at: 

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please contact our office. Universidad de Illinois ofrece igualdad de oportunidades en programas y empleo. Si usted necesita un ajuste razonable para participar en este programa, por favor póngase en contacto con nuestra oficina.



PICTURE CAPTION: Front: (left to right) Ben Hoehn, Nathan Brown, Griffin Schuricht, Jeffrey Kamer, Reece Lohman, Kyle Holcomb, Abby O’Malley, and Gabrielle Vallelonga. Back: (left to right) Austin Greenwood, Silas Weir (Teen Teacher), David Burns (Teen Teacher), Connor Seelback, and Alex Miller (Teen Teacher).

Local Contact: Peggy Hampton, Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development,