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Kansas State 4-H Office
201 Umberger Hall
1612 Claflin Road
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506

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4-H Robotics Experience Details

The Kansas 4-H SpaceTech Program and the Kansas Cosmosphere located in Hutchinson are again teaming up to provide fun, hands-on and science-based programming for Kansas 4-H Youth Development. This fourth program will feature "Robotics." The experience will begin Friday, November 16, at 4 p.m., and will end on Saturday, November 17, 4 p.m. Cost will be $115 for youth between 9-18-years old and $115 for all adult participants. Any person attending/present must pay the registration fee.  All youth must have a designated chaperone to attend. Parents, grandparents, other relatives, and guardians may chaperone their own children/relatives. They may not chaperone other non-family members. Registered KSRE 4-H Leaders or KSRE staff may also chaperone multiple 4-H members. Adult chaperones will be responsible for their children overnight.

Registration includes three meals, two breaks, and an overnight stay. Program topics include: Building a Better Lander, Hair Dryer Dismantle, Robot Programming and Obstacle Course, Battlebot Prep, Junk Robot Arm, Catapult or make a motor, and a final robotics competition. There will also be a museum tour, planetarium show and a presentation in the Digital Dome Theater, plus much more.

This Cosmosphere collaboration is designed to be an adult-child experience, where 4-H members and adults can interact and learn from these fun and educational experiences. The program will include overnight indoor camping at the Cosmosphere located in Hutchinson, KS, (bring your own sleeping bag, air mattress, pillow, towel and toiletry items). The experience is open to 4-H members, parents, grandparents, volunteer 4-H leaders, and KSRE staff.

The CVent registration system is currently open, click here. Registration will close November 4, 2018, 11:59 p.m. There will be a minimum number required or the Alien Experience will be cancelled. The program is limited to the first 60 who register on a first-come, first-serve basis. For more information, contact Deryl Waldren, dwaldren@ksu.edu, or call 785-462-6281.

Downloadable Files:
2018 Robotics Experience Schedule
2018 Letter to Participants
2018 Robotics News Release

SpaceTech Trainings and Experiences

The Kansas 4-H SpaceTech Program focuses on 4-H space technology and 4-H science, engineering and technology issues.  The experience is headed up by the Kansas 4-H SpaceTech Action Team that is a group of Kansas 4-H youths, aged 14-18, adult volunteer 4-H leaders, 4-H parents, Extension staff and other enthusiasts. 

The experience concentrates in the core issues of astronomy, aviation, robotics, rocketry, technology, unmanned aerial systems (UASs, also known as drones) and computers.  The SpaceTech experience is accomplished through multi-county/area trainings, as well as collaborating with the Kansas 4-H Foundation and Rock Springs 4-H Center to provide hands-on programs and technology experiences/camps for 4-H members and families.

Future Kansas 4-H SpaceTech Training and Experience Dates

The Kansas 4-H SpaceTech Action Team will be looking at other possible 2018 training dates. As that information becomes available, it will be posted to this site. If you have a need or request for a SpaceTech training for your county/district or several counties in your area, please contact Deryl Waldren at 785-462-6281 or e-mail him at dwaldren@ksu.edu with your suggested date and areas of training.