Mercer County 4-H and the Children’s Home Society (CHS) have partnered to bring STEM programming to Trenton’s youth. On Thursday, May 12, 4-H visited CHS to work with 16 youth to build a robot! The workshop started out with a safety lesson on working with tools, followed by the building of a MakeBlock mBot. Working in groups of three, the students in the workshop were able to assemble the robot while learning about power, motors, control, and motion. When the assembly was complete, the second part of the workshop allowed the students to connect their robots to a tablet via Bluetooth. In groups, the students were able to move and even race their robots. What fun!
CHS provided toys to raffle off at the end of the workshop and four lucky participants walked away with science kits, a globe, and even a telescope! A large number of the participants commented on the fun they had, the skills they leaned, and the thought process that went into building and controlling their robots. Many of the students are excited to come back and learn more with us next month. This is the first of what will be an ongoing STEM series for CHS families.