In an ongoing series of STEM workshops with the Children’s Home Society (CHS), Mercer County 4-H visited a group of sixteen youth in Trenton. Last month, we built a robot, learned about its components, and did some light control. This time, we set out to combine computer science and robotics! First, the sixteen youth each learned the basics of block coding and used that knowledge to write code that moved the robots forward and backward, changed its LED lights, and constructed tunes. Then, through a combination of learning, good effort, and determination, the youth tested their code on their robots and kept making edits. By the end of the workshop, everyone was happy to report that they had written the working code for their robot!
The workshop concluded with a toy giveaway sponsored by CHS. The youth gave positive feedback about their experience and the new skills they learned. The STEM series will continue in partnership with CHS in the fall. The help of our STEM Ambassadors also supports these efforts—our Ambassador Allison has been an active volunteer through this series and instrumental in the skill development of the youth joining the workshop. Allison was once a young participant in such workshops and is now giving back to her community through 4-H’s STEM Ambassadors Program.