STEM Festival on March 22 to Feature Robotics

Robots will become more integrated with our lives and job opportunities will continue to evolve. Youths can explore a variety of robotic activities during Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Festival on March 22 from 12 Noon – 4:00 PM at Potomac State College.

Youths at last year festival said, “This is great, but it wasn’t long enough, I didn’t have time do to everything!”STEM Festival

Plan now to attend the event. It is a good opportunity for youth groups, Scout Troops and 4-H clubs, as well as families. It is free and open to K-12 students in public or private schools, to parents and the community.

The Mineral MindStorms 4-H team will demonstrate maneuvering the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT robot they programmed for the state First Lego League (FLL) Senior Challenge competition. Observe navigation of the robot through a maze of missions and obstacles.

The Mineral 4-H program will offer the change to build Lego WeDos robots. Beginners (K-4) learn about simple machines by building and programming a moving LEGO® robot.

GEARS Inc. and Garrett County 4-H Robots will offer a range of hands on robotics activities:

  • 4-H Lego Challenge – Youth build robot, attachments, and program their robot to perform tasks on a 4’x4’ playing board.
  • First Lego League (FLL) - Gramma-Jamma prototype for hands on fun the NeXT GEN FLL team will have their robot running and their research!
  • SuGO Sensation – Select a robot and run against your friend to see whose robot will remain on the ring! Learn the science behind SuGO.
  • Privateering – Use your angle and coordinate grid math skills to capture the British treasure.
  • First Tech Challenge (FTC) – FTC team will guide robot enthusiasts to use their game controller skills to run the robot to score!

Robotics is just one of the many activities offered during Saturday’s festival. For example youths can participate in a paper airplane contest, launch straw rockets, learn to solve the Rubik’s cube, participate in a Conservation competition, and learn the basics of designing games and videos.

The mission of the STEM Festival is modeled after the USA event to re-invigorate the interest of our nation’s youth in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) activities and careers by producing and presenting compelling, exciting, educational and entertaining science gatherings in the United States.

To learn more about our local STEM Festival contact Gary Seldomridge, Potomac State College of WVU, Craig Kesner, Alliant Techsystems, Margaret Miltenberger, WVU Extension Service, or Scott Staley, Mineral County Schools.