A USU Extension 4-H club from Utah County competed in the 2016 Wonder League Robotics Competition and became the only team from Utah to qualify as finalists.
The Foothill Five, from Foothill Elementary in Orem, completed challenges involving coding, robotics and computer science.
More than 5,000 teams from 52 countries participated in the competition that included two age brackets: 6 to 8 year olds and 9 to 12 year olds. Eight teams, including the Foothill Five, represented Utah County 4-H this year. The teams met for 2 hours every week to complete the challenges.
Megan Hamilton, USU Extension STEM professional practice assistant professor, said competing in the 2016 Wonder League Robotics Competition is a fun, interactive way for youth to learn computer science and technology skills.
“The youth get a chance to develop their 21st century skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, teamwork, communication and independent thinking,” she said. “Helping youth to develop and refine these skills makes them better prepared to navigate life’s challenges and opportunities in our technology-driven age.”
According to Hamilton, the Foothill Five team is currently practicing and preparing for the final round and will submit their final round solutions by February 24. Winning teams are eligible to win a $5,000 STEM grant as well as their very own Dash & Dot robots.
For more information about 4-H clubs and programs, visit utah4h.org or contact the local 4-H office.
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