We build teams by empowering youth to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnership with caring adults. We represent our community. 4-H recruits students and adults to compete, learn, share excitement and support Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) through coding, electronics and robotics. We encourage and support all young men and women to explore their interest in these fields. To learn more about 4-H Robotics opportunities in Mason County check out the 4-H Robotics flyer.
Free Family Robotics
Invite your friends and family and join us for Family Robotics at the Shelton Timberland Library. This program is currently offered on the first (1st) Wednesday of each month at 4:30 pm located downstairs in the kids area of the library. The second (2nd) Wednesday of each month at 1 pm we are located upstairs in the large meeting room.
Family Robotics is a free series for elementary aged youth as an introduction to robotics. Older youth in middle and high school are welcome to join us as well and learn about some of our more challenging robots and how to start a robotics club and/or team of your own! Youth wishing to utilize advanced robotics kits are encouraged to reserve their spot by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure we bring the right equipment for you.
Please note: Family Robotics is not a drop-off program, for safety reasons parents must remain on site. Click here to see the Family Robotics Night Information.
With STEM being a major focus in education, robotics, electronics, and coding are great ways to integrate science, technology, engineering, and math into fun activities where youth engage in playful and meaningful learning while they discover the fun in science and technology. Robotics is an important component of the Mason County 4-H program and we are thankful for the knowledgeable volunteers who enthusiastically provide this opportunity to families in our community.
Support 4-H Robotics
We need your time, talent and treasure. Can you donate a few hours of your time? Do you have a laptop computer that you no longer need? With more laptops we can teach more youth. Donations of cash to help purchase additional equipment are also welcome. Thank you for your consideration!
We teach coding. Play with robots to colonize a planet and edit code to improve your on-screen robot.
We teach electronics. Youth will learn how to create circuits to control various electric systems such as buzzers, lights, fans. Youth will experiment and design their own electronic system.
We teach robotics. Build, code, power and control moving robots with LEGOS. Youth design, build and code their own robot with advanced LEGO engineering. Once the robot is built, youth can test it on our robotics track and complete challenges. Along the way they will learn critical thinking and engineering skills needed to complete the challenges. Our mentors will guide the youth during their problem solving. Advanced and beginner sets are available.
Founded by Dean Kamen in 1992 with the vision to “transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated”. FIRST’s “Mission is to engage and excite students about engineering, science, and technology as well as inspire them to pursue careers in these fields”. Each year FIRST issues a challenge to teams around the world to design, build, and program a robot that will compete head to head with other teams on a custom playing field. Find more information at https://www.firstinspires.org/.
We have adopted the values of FIRST:
- Gracious Professionalism – work together to celebrate our and opponents’ contribution
- Coopertition – teams help each other get better
- Close links to our community
- Working to support STEM education in our community
Become a volunteer
We need individuals with big hearts and a desire to help kids learn. Don’t be intimidated, we can help you learn the basics. Your contributions of time, energy, resources and knowledge help make the program a success. Do you have expertise in the following areas to contribute: