CHAIRPERSON:   Heather Kent 
ENTRY DEADLINE: Teams   MUST pre-register with Chairperson by October 1st
CHALLENGE DESIGN AND BUILD TIME: Saturday, November 12, 2016 10:30AM – 12:00PM
AWARDS PROGRAM: Saturday, November 12, 2016 2:00PM – 3:30PM

  1. Contest open to 4-H members only.
  2. Three teams may enter per county as selected by that county’s Extension representative.
  3. Junior, Intermediate, and Senior Divisions will be judged separately.
  4. Teams are limited to four (4) participants, but must have a minimum of two (2) participants.
  5. Team check in will start at 10AM on Saturday, November 12th at the entertainment stage.
  6. Each age division will be given a challenge and a supply kit to build a robot out of everyday objects to complete a task or action.  Challenges will not be released until 10:30AM.
  7. In order to prepare for this contest, teams should be familiar with the 4-H Junk Drawer Robotics Project.  Contact your 4-H Agent for a copy of this project book, or        purchase a copy for your team online at:
  8. Adults will not be able to assist members with the design or building of their bot.
  9. What to bring:
    1. A copy of your 4-H participation form for each youth and adult.
    2. A team display- this will be used to decorate your pit area and showcase the great things you are doing and learning in 4-H.  The display can take any form you choose.  It could be a tri-fold tabletop display with pictures and text, or a slide show with captions, a video, poster, or banner.  Your team display will count as 20% of your total team score.  The rest of your score will be based on your robot’s design, capacity, and performance.
    3. Your teamwork and engineering skills – this is your chance to showcase your creativity, innovation, and collaboration skills!
    4. A great 4-H attitude- this is a fun contest to test your skills, learn what other 4-Hers are doing, and show off all of your hard work.  Come ready to have fun and learn!
  10. Do NOT bring any spare parts or tools for your junk drawer robot.  All of your supplies and tools will be provided.
  11. Scoring – each challenge will have its own scoring rubric and will be available when the challenges are released.  Teams will be judged based on how well their bot meets the design criteria, their creativity, teamwork, and team presentation board.  Each age division will have its own challenge.  Scorekeepers will record points earned during each round, and the Junk Drawer Engineering Award will be presented to the top team in each age division.  Additional awards be will presented for the following in each age division:
    1. Clover Award– team notable for exemplary demonstration of 4-H values including teamwork, cooperation, generosity, responsibility, and respect for others.
    2. Mechanical Ingenuity Award– team whose junk drawer robot is notable for its out-of the-box design.
Any 4-H’er who reaches his/her 8th birthday by September 1st of the current 4-H year and has not passed his/her 10th birthday by September 1st of the current 4-H year.

Any 4-H’er who reaches his /her 11th birthday by September 1st of the current 4-H year and has not passed his/her 13th birthday by September 1st of the current 4-H year.

Any 4-H’er who reaches his/her 13th birthday prior to September 1st of the current 4-H year and has not passed his/her 19th birthday or graduated from high school prior to   September 1st of the current 4-H year.

CLASS 1: Engineering Award
CLASS 2: Clover Award
CLASS 3: Mechanical Ingenuity Award

Premium   Schedule

Engineering Award – $40.00 & Trophy
Clover Award –
$20.00, Trophy
Mechanical Ingenuity Award – $
20.00, Trophy

(Each member of the winning teams will receive a   strip ribbon.)