4-H group Electrotechs will showcase robot at open house

The 4-H group Electrotechs built "Panzer," a seven-wheel-drive robot which will be on display during an open house Friday, April 15. (Submitted photo)
From staff reports

Members of the 4-H group Electrotechs will showcase their newest robot creation, “Panzer,” at an open house from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 15, at the Crawford Center in Emlenton.

“Panzer” is a seven-wheel-drive robot that has been designed to traverse various obstacles from rough terrain to moats. The robot can open a Portcullis and navigate a drawbridge. The robot is capable of throwing a “boulder” through a low fortress.

The Electrotechs recently competed in the FIRST Robotics FRC Competition at California University. The FIRST Stronghold challenge had a Medieval theme that involved capturing a fortress and breaching several obstacles.

The Electrotechs team finished fifth out of 54 teams. This earned them the privilege of serving as the Alliance captain.

The 4-H Electrotechs robotics club is affiliated with the FIRST Robotics program. These competitive opportunities allow robots to be created to perform specific tasks. Robotics programs are offered for youths from fourth through 12th grade. They are open to all youths in the area, regardless of school district.

More information about the program will be available at the open house on April 15.

The Crawford Center is located at 511 Hill St., Room 305, Emlenton.