Young minds brought their robots to the race and there were victory dances across the finish line. The 2nd Annual Illinois 4-H Robotics Challenge was held on Saturday, April 24, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Youth teams engineered their robots to transport a small plastic ball from one end of a 96" table to the other while using sensors to avoid obstacles along the way.
Once across the finish line the robots were designed to perform a victory dance to music. Fifteen teams representing all regions of the state participated in the event.
The two top-scoring junior teams, which included ages 9 to 14, were Robo Storm 2 from Macon County and Knox Automatons from Knox County. The Illinois 4-H Foundation awarded scholarships to the teams to participate in the 2010 First Lego League competition this fall and at regional competitions across Illinois.
The top-scoring senior team, which included ages 14 to 18, was the Jubilee Jammers from Peoria County. The Illinois 4-H Foundation also gave this team a scholarship to represent Illinois at the 2010 National 4-H Engineering Challenge at Purdue University on Sept. 26 to 28.
In addition to being judged on the performance of their robot, teams were asked to discuss the computer program their robot used for the challenge and to complete an unrelated teamwork activity to show their ability to work as a team.
Illinois 4-H in partnership with the U of I College of Engineering and the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) sponsored the Illinois 4-H robotics challenge.
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