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Welcome to Ohio 4-H Robotics!

You’ve chosen a fun and challenging project that puts you on the exciting path of robotics programming. Ohio 4-H offers a series of two robotics projects, both using LEGO® Mindstorms® EV3 technology.  . . . Whoa! LEGO® Mindstorms® EV3 kits have been discontinued and are no longer available. . . . Options for 2022 are here:

Already have an EV3 kit?
Our curriculum and videos will remain available as long as 4-H members and others need them (see links below). Learners also need the software that matches the project books, which can be downloaded here: LEGO® Mindstorms® Education EV3 Lab Software v. 1.4.5

Want to buy a kit? 
The SPIKE Prime Set is LEGO® Education's newest offering. If you are new to Ohio 4-H robotics, we recommend buying a SPIKE™ kit and creating your own self-determined project. See below for more information.

507 Robotics 1 with EV3Use this ONLY if you already have access to an EV3 kit.

Cover image of Robotics 1Use LEGO® technology to learn about what a robot is, how to build one, and how to program it. Activities are based on the EV3 Core Set available from LEGO® Education. (Careful, other EV3 kits may not be the same! See below for details.) This is the first in a series of two books. A few resources are needed:

  • Project book 507 Robotics 1 with EV3 is available in Ohio State University Extension county offices, through Extension Publishing, and in the National 4-H Mall. Ohio residents get the best price when they order and pick up their purchases through local Extension offices. Sample pages and ratings are available on Project Central.
  • Activities are based on a customized kit from LEGO® Education, which is no longer available for purchase. 
  • Youth need access to a computer and high speed internet. Files and videos that support the activities are available HERE

508 Robotics 2: EV3N MoreUse this ONLY if you already have access to an EV3 kit.

This advanced-level project, the second in a series of two books, guides youth through new robot configurations and programming challenges with activities in the book and instructional videos. The LEGO® Mindstorms EV3 robot constructed for Robotics 1 with EV3 is required. (No new LEGO® purchase is necessary.) A few resources are needed:

  • Project book 508 Robotics 2: EV3N More is available in Ohio State University Extension county offices and through Extension Publishing. Ohio residents get the best price when they order and pick up their purchases through local Extension offices. Sample pages and ratings are available on Project Central.
  • Youth need access to a computer and high speed internet. Videos that support the activities are available HERE.

Is this your first year in robotics? Need a kit?

Why buy direct from LEGO® Education when other, less expensive sources for kits are out there? Be sure to read Retail vs. Education EV3.

LEGO® has changed to something completely new called SPIKE™. SPIKE™ relies on Scratch coding blocks, which means youth learn readily transferable skills. We recommend buying this SPIKE Prime kit* (careful, not the less expensive "essential" kit) and creating your own self-determined project. Here's how:

  • Download the Self-Determined Project Guide and give some thought to your project goals. What do you want to learn about robotics? What do you want your robot to do?
  • A good first interest area might be about Getting Organized. Obtain your kit, sort it, and get to know all the pieces. This is an importantand funfirst step.
  • Decide what to build and program. Create your own robot or get to know your kit with some of these LEGO® building instructions. Also, these "activity briefs" (beginner, intermediate, and advanced) are great sources of specific ideas.

* This special bundle includes everything needed for the project, and then some: the kit with motors, sensors, and Bluetooth technology; software; rechargeable battery; storage bin; and live support. Be careful! Other commercially available kits typically do NOT include everything needed.

 


If you're a robotics master . . .

Members who have completed these projects and who want to continue the fun are encouraged to design their own self-determined robotics projects with the Robotics Master.


Looking for a club?

To see if there is an active robotics group in your area, please check with your local county Extension office. A complete list of offices is available HERE.