Forty-five youth participated in the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Robotics Expo on Saturday, Oct.19 at the University of Southern Maine’s Gorham campus.
The event was designed to encourage youth ages 5-18 develop life skills and build math and engineering skills. At the expo, participants shared ideas and creations with judges in a science fair-type format, built robots and took part in a challenge, during which teams built robots with mechanical arms.
Volunteers, including 4-H members, parents, representatives of the University of Maine Brunswick Engineering Program, American Society of Civil Engineers, USM’s Department of Engineering, Portland Police Department and Robotics Institute of Maine, contributed more than 300 hours to the event.
Through its 4-H Positive Youth Development Programs, UMaine Extension works with robotics clubs across the state. More information about 4-H is available at extension.umaine.edu.
About University of Maine Cooperative Extension:
As a trusted resource for almost 100 years, University of Maine Cooperative Extension has supported UMaine’s land and sea grant public education role by conducting community-driven, research-based programs in every Maine county. UMaine Extension helps support, sustain and grow the food-based economy. It is the only entity in our state that touches every aspect of the Maine Food System, where policy, research, production, processing, commerce, nutrition, and food security and safety are integral and interrelated. UMaine Extension also conducts the most successful out-of-school youth educational program in Maine through 4-H.