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Penn State Extension plans Franklin County robotics program

December 21, 2011

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Penn State Extension 4-H in Franklin County is teaming with JCPenney to establish a robotics program in which a team of youths, ages 14 to 18, will build a robot for competition.  

The FIRST, or For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, program, revolves around a six-week design-and-build session in which teams are given a kit of parts and a game-like task to perform.

The program begins in January. All materials are provided. Participants do not have to be 4-H members to join. The team will enter the robot in a regional competition in Pittsburgh March 8-10.

Participating youths will gain skills, including project management, programming, teamwork, strategic thinking and cooperation. They also will be eligible for nearly $15 million in college scholarships through the FIRST program.

An information session will be held Thursday, Dec. 29, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Ag Heritage Center, 185 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg.

Anyone wishing to attend is asked to call Karen Hack at 717-263-9226 or send an email to ksh1@psu.edu.

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