Robotics Project

Project DescriptionRobotics Project

Robotics introduces science, math, engineering, and technology skills while teaching life skills. There are three different kinds of projects available in Robotics. ‘Introduction to Modern Microcontrollers’ is assigned to be used with the SparkFun Inventor’s Kit, the EV3 project is designed to be used with the Lego robotics kit, and the Junk Drawer project is designed to be used with everyday materials. Some robotics curriculum is updated by online vendors during the year–please check online at the 4-H website for the latest available versions.

Project Requirements

Project Books Required? Yes

Project books can be purchased here

*** Please note, if you do not attend at least one workshop in your project area during the 4-H year, you will be required to complete activities in your project book and turn it in with your record book. The number of activities required to complete a 4-H year in each project book can be found here.

Project age limit? 8 and up

What needs to be accomplished to move on to level 2 of Junk Drawer Robotics?

  • Junk Drawer Robotics 1 (7 activities and record book check), takes 2 years to complete
  • Robotics basics
  • Use of the experiential model and learning process/building life skills
  • The final project involves using everything learned to build a robot arm

What needs to be accomplished to move on to level 3 Junk Drawer Robotics?

  • Junk Drawer Robotics 2 (7 activities and record book check)
  • Applied math and science to continue robotics knowledge
  • Use of the experiential model and learning process/building life skills
  • The final project involves making a moving/mobile robot on wheels- introduction of mechanical and electrical automation

What needs to be accomplished to move to the next levels from here Junk Drawer Robotics?

  • Junk Drawer Robotics 3 (7 activities and record book check)
  • Continue to develop and use the experiential model/learning process to combine all parts of robotics building
  • Electronic circuits, simple sensors, base 2 system, programming, and robotic builds
  • Requires a lot of new technology, as these builds use more and more complex items

First-year EV3

  • Plan on time during the project to develop skills based on EV3 workbook and meetings.
  • Cost at this time is only for workbooks, which can be found by clicking the link above.
  • We will also discuss fair and possible field trips/competitions later in the year (which will occur during the summer and at Fair time). 

After the first year EV3

  • Will be doing more advanced projects and challenges based on personal progression during the project year.

What should new members know?

  • First year Junk Drawer Robotics (J.D. Robotics 1), plan on progressing through the first module(s), and making marshmallow catapult. Simple mechanics will be discussed and we'll be using hands on learning. Be sure to purchase teh J.D. Robotics 1 project book and notebook.
  • J.D. Robotics after the first year will continue to advance as the 4-H member advances. Will be working on building a robotic arm with items found around the house and purchased for project meetings.
  • For J.D. Robotics 2 & 3, project books will need to be purchased. Fair and other possible trips will be discussed as they come up.
  • Additional costs will be discussed at meetings as the program is developed. 
  • This is my second year of robotics, and I am building the program to best facilitate learning and personal growth. As I learn about new events and opportunities, I will share them as they present themselves. 


  • November 2nd at 5:30 p.m. in the First Baptist Church
  • December Canceled
  • January TBD 
  • February TBD
  • March TBD
  • April TBD
  • May TBD
  • June TBD
  • July TBd

Project Superintendent Information

Robotics Superintendent: Russell Reed
Contact: or 406-579-9119
How will you be contacted? Email

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