The 4-H program has traditionally been an agriculture and home economics based organization. Children ages 8 to 18 have used 4-H to learn valuable skills in a less formal educational setting. Youth Development Educator for Sheridan County Allison Flynn says now 4-H becoming more involved in high-tech vocations.
A new program for Sheridan County 4-H members begins today. Chris Shaw will be the advisor to the robotics program.
The robotics program will use kits made by the LEGO to design and build their robots. The finished products will not be remote controlled but instead completely autonomous devices. Once the robots are constructed, Shaw plans to help students programming them. The robots can run simple commands or complex programs based on the level of the user.
Flynn says the robotics program will be evaluated after a few months and if the results are positive, other high tech skills such rocketry may be added later. Those interested in the new high-tech programs at 4-H should stop by the basement of the old Sheridan County Courthouse building and speak to Flynn about current offerings.