Ecobot Challenge: Robotics Science Kit and Curriculum for Afterschool

Partnership for After School Education (PASE)(view reviews)

Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 10:00am - 1:30pm

Training Location:

120 Broadway Suite 230 United States
New York, NY, 10271




Cost covers up to two participants per afterschool program site.

Age Groups:

5-11, 11-14


Training, workshop, or forum (in-person)

Training Audience:

Front-Line Staff, Site Coordinator/Program Director

College Credit:


Minimum Education:


Fulfills New York State School Age Child Care SACC Training Requirement(s):


SACC Requirement(s):

Child day care program development


Affordable robotics? Yep that’s what the 2012 National 4-H Science Experiment is offering via the “Ecobot Challenge”. In this year's experiment, the 4-H Eco-Bot Challenge, youth grades 4 - 8 will enhance their engineering skills by learning to think like a robotics engineer, assembling their own robots, also known as Eco-bots, and control surfaces in order to manage an environmental clean-up. This training will introduce participants to the science experiment and Junk Yard Robotics curriculum. Through hands on activities participants will design & test an ecobot, clean up an oil spill, build a marshmallow catapult and a mechanical arm.

Each program site will receive one Ecobot Challenge experiment kit and one Junkyard Robotics curriculum. The reusable experiment kit serves 10 students and includes 5 vibrating pager motors, 5 1.5 volt button batteries, 5 toothbrushes, Double sided foam mounting tape, 5 youth guides, 1 facilitator guides, 1 Challenge Map. Sites will supplement the kits with markers, construction paper and glue for youth to design their ecobots and rice or bird seed to create the environmental spill. The Junk Yard Robotics curriculum is part of the National 4-H Curriculum Collection and is designed for elementary - middle school aged youth to learn about basic robotics using cheap everyday supplies. Youth work with members of a team to design, build, and test robotic creations. The curriculum relates each activity to today’s robotics technology and applications. Orders for additional kits and curriculum may be placed at the training.

Coffee provided. Participants are welcome to bring breakfast with them. Participants will receive certificates upon completion of the training.

Date: Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Time: 10:00am – 1:30pm
Place: PASE, 120 Broadway, Suite 230, New York, NY
Audience: Program Directors or Site Coordinators & Line Staff (Elementary & Middle School-Age Programs)
Facilitator: Lucinda Randolph-Benjamin, Cornell University Cooperative Ext 4-H Youth Development
Cost: Cost: $55 per afterschool program site.  Each site may send either one or two people for a total cost of $55. Please make sure to select the appropriate ticket. Includes cost of Curriculum and Science Kit.

Training Code: NYCF-ROB 

SACC Training Topics Satisfied: (3) Child day care program development
Links to NYSAN QSA Elements: (5) Programming / Activities; (8) Parent / Family / Community Partnerships

Registration ends on 10/16