GORHAM — More than 80 youngsters participated in a University of Maine Cooperative Extension Robotics Expo on Oct. 27 designed to help youth ages 5-18 develop life skills and build math and engineering skills. The expo was held at the University of Southern Maine in Gorham.
In the morning, individuals and teams had the opportunity to share their ideas and creations with judges and other participants in a noncompetitive science fair-type format. During the day, youngsters participated in workshops in which they practiced and built robots of all sizes. The day ended with an on-site challenge event, where teams built trebuchets designed to launch for height, distance and strength.
Volunteers included 4-H volunteers, parents and engineering professionals from the community, such as University of Maine Black Bear Robotics, American Society of Civil Engineers, University of Southern Maine Computer Science Department, Portland Police Department and the Maine Energy Education Program. Volunteers contributed more than 280 hours towards the success of the event.
Through its 4-H youth development program, UMaine Extension works across the state with robotics programs, a growing area of interest that gives kids the opportunity to look into the future. For more information about 4-H, visit extension.umaine.edu.