FORT ASHBY - A Robotics fall kick-off event for the 2018-19 school year will be held Sunday, Sept. 16, from 2-4 p.m. at Brookedale Farm.

FORT ASHBY - A Robotics fall kick-off event for the 2018-19 school year will be held Sunday, Sept. 16, from 2-4 p.m. at Brookedale Farm.
The event will feature a SuGO tournaments and WeDo robots.
The event is open to all area youths and is hosted by the West Virginia University Extension Service (WVU-ES) Mineral County 4-H program.
Register by Sept.13 with the WVU Extension Service at 304-788-3621 or email whitney.nester@mail.wvu.edu.  It is very important to pre-register so we have an accurate participant count and enough robots.
Youths in third grade and above will team up in groups of two to three and build a LEGO robot. The team then enters their custom robot in the SuGo wrestling competition.
SuGO is building Sumo Wrestling Robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS. The goal is to make the best Sumo Wrestling LEGO robot.
“First the robots are checked-in to make sure they are working correctly. Then we have a knock-down double-elimination SuGO tournament,” says Steve Kimble, 4-H Volunteer. “It is exciting to see the kids get involved in their robots and cheer them on.”
Youths in fifth grade and up will have the opportunity to learn about joining a 4-H Robotics Club. Clubs meet in both the Frankfort and Keyser areas. These clubs are a great opportunity for youths who enjoy robotics and who want to learn programming.
The SuGo tournaments will be offered on the first Friday of October and November.
“SuGo is a wonderful opportunity for students to learn about robotics and technology in a fun atmosphere,” says Margaret Miltenberber, WVU 4-H and Family Extension agent.“Students have fun with friends while learning about weight distribution and the mechanics of robotics.”
At this kick-off event there will be WeDo robots. They are great for students in Pre-K and up to learn robotics basics. Students are able to build a robot and then program the robot for movement and sound.
The WVU-ES Mineral County 4-H program robotics education programs are supported by a grant through the Community Trust Foundation (CTF). CTF is committed to building stronger communities in Allegany, Garrett, and Mineral counties by providing administrative and financial management to philanthropic funds.
For more information on contributing to an existing fund or establishing a new charitable fund, please call 301-876-9172 or email info@ctfinc.org.
WVU 4-H Extension programs are open to all youths. Contact the WVU Mineral County Extension Office at 304-788-3621 or email m.miltenberger@mail.wvu.edu to learn more or to join a local 4-H club.