New robotics club forms; meets Thurs.

A new 4-H club has been formed in Warren County for robotics.

The new organization will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3, at the Penn State Extension office, 100 Dillon Dr., Youngsville, to elect officers and decide on a club name, according to Meggi Wilcox, 4-H program assistant.

“We had a really good turnout at our first meeting, nearly 20,” she said, adding that no experience is necessary. “It’s a learning experience for us all.”

Members will start out with “Junk Drawer Robotics, building with everyday household objects, paper clips, tape, whatever they can get their hands on,” she said.

They will move on to Lego robotic kits, which are manufactured specifically for robotic projects.

“We are hoping some of the older kids will be able to compete during State Achievement Days this summer, where 13- to 18-year-olds will build, program and complete a challenge,” she added.

The State Achievement Days are competitions for all 4-H clubs, regardless of their subject and focus, and will be held at Penn State University. Age requirements for 4-H functions are based on age as of Jan. 1.

Wilcox has created a Facebook page for the club, “Warren County 4-H Robotics.” As it is a new site, there isn’t much information other than the upcoming meeting, but she said as time goes on, she will post pictures and more as the club gets up and running.

The meetings will be held every other week. For more information, contact Wilcox at 563-9388 or by email at mlw5609@ag.psu.edu.