Robotics Project

What is it All About?

Exploring 4-H Robotics is an ideal way to introduce science, math, engineering and technology while teaching life skills. Through hands-on activities, the 4-H Robotics projects teach basic concepts related to robotic subsystems such as structure, power, sensors, control and programming. These concepts are the foundation for building robots and robotic subsystems from a variety of materials and packaged kits. 4-H Robotics has projects and resources for a wide variety of interests.

Grow in Your Project


  • Explore the world of robotics and how robotic systems are used in everyday life
  • Learn to identify the important parts of a robot and use problem solving to design and program a robot to do basic tasks


  • Fine tune your robot’s design to perform specific tasks, including creating versatile attachments to grasp, grab, and move objects
  • Learn to use robotic sensors to detect sound, objects, and to track and follow lines


  • Learn to use advanced programming strategies to perform more complicated tasks
  • Explore different types of robotics systems including making your own through “Junk Drawer Robotics”

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Take Your Project Further!

  • Take a field trip to a facility that uses robotics (manufacturing, processing, etc.)
  • Explore robotics careers using online resources
  • Learn about what robotics design engineers do
  • Attend a robotics camp
  • Complete in a robotics challenge at a County event
  • Do a presentation on how robotics is used in medicine (da Vinci robotic surgery)
  • Teach younger members how to program Lego Robots
  • Do a presentation about robotics career at a career fair
  • Explore how robots can be used in the future by talking with an engineering professor
  • Interview a local engineer on how they use robotics in their work

Applying Project Skills to Life

Enhance Your Communication Skills

  • Do a presentation on how robotics is used to make things for our everyday life
  • Demonstrate your robot in action and describe how you designed it and programmed it
  • Demonstrate the use of sensors on your robot and how they can relate to sensors used in robotic controls in manufacturing processes

Get Involved in Citizenship and Service

  • Organize a robotics demonstration for your community
  • Organize a workshop to teach others about robotics
  • Create a display showing what you can do in the 4-H robotics project and place it in a public location like a library, museum or at a school

Learn about Leadership

  • Teach younger members about robotics
  • Attend a cloverbud meeting and let the members work with a robot you have designed
  • Organize an open house in your community to promote the robotics project

Showing What You’ve Learned

  • Make a poster of robot parts and describe how they work
  • Make a poster or an exhibit of the robot you designed and include information on what the robot does and how it is programmed
  • Demonstrate how your robot performs and include information on how you programmed it
  • Make a display that describes a field trip you took to learn about robotics
  • Create a robot challenge for younger members and help them to program robots to compete in the challenge
  • Record a video of the process for programming a simple robot and demonstrate how you can make it do simple tasks
  • Create a presentation on how robots work with today’s technology and how they can be used in the future to help with various tasks

Adapted with permission from Wyoming State 4-H, Project Information Sheet, Robotics. Retrieved from:

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