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New robotics club in Phinney-Greenwood helps kids learn science, math and teamwork

A new 4-H Club in Phinney-Greenwood is helping budding young engineers learn about robotics. The NeXT Minds Robotics 4-H Club meets at the Greenwood Library (and sometimes the Green Lake Library) one Saturday a month.

Our club is currently serving youth, ages 9 through 14, with the intentions of modifying the curriculum as members grow and develop. The kids come from a variety of school settings—home schooling, Seattle Public Schools and Independent Schools. Several of these kids have not experienced a positive group connection and/or are showing signs of at risk behaviors. The accessibility of this club’s activities will support the kids in this community, steering them towards a life of successful contributions.

The club’s goals are basically to Teach STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) using Robotics. The kids will build robots and use software to plan, test and modify sequences of instructions from a variety of real life robotic behaviors. Members will explore the world of engineering, science and math by building simple to advanced control systems and to work in teams to solve real-world problems.

This program will provide a community need by building positive and sustained relationships between youth and adults, it will create youth activities that build important life skills, and provide for opportunities to use life skills as both participants and as leaders in valued community activities. Experiential learning through robotics will allow young people to creatively think, explore, question and develop decisions and solutions for real world problems.

Robots made from Legos at a recent NeXT Robotics 4-H Club meeting.

For more information about NeXt Robotics 4-H Club, email Jan Satterthwaite.

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