4-H Club robotics team cultivates tech know-how

Allegheny-Clarion Valley student Cora Weigle controls “Mozart” through a laptop computer.

The Electrotechs 4-H Club, consisting of students from Clarion and Venango counties, is expanding the traditional scope of 4-H to include robotics. During a recent open house at the Crawford Center in Emlenton, the club showcased their robot “Mozart” and discussed the skills they’ve acquired, such as coding, manufacturing, and teamwork. The club is open to students, typically starting in seventh grade, and is supported by 15 mentors. Their robot, built from basic parts, competes in regional events, requiring significant fundraising efforts. This year, the team participated in competitions in Pittsburgh and Cleveland, achieving a notable finish in the top half of the Cleveland event, emphasizing the educational and community-building benefits of their involvement.


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