4-H member rocks with robots

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Muscatine County 4-H member Caleb Anderson of rural West Liberty received a state 4-H Science, Engineering and Technology award.

According to the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach website, Anderson, 16, is being rewarded for his work in robotics.

Caleb has been enrolled in the robotics project area for six years and has led numerous workshops with his club members, county Clover Kids members and conducted working exhibits at the county and state fairs, motivating others to learn about robotics and gaining strong leadership skills for himself.

He is a seven-year member of the Wapsie Legends 4-H club and is the son of Jerry and Robynn Anderson.

Caleb displayed citizenship skills as he constructed junk drawer robotic games and gave them to the Ronald McDonald House and Muscatine County Clover Kids.

Caleb has also conducted numerous communication activities throughout the years including educational presentations on robotics topics for his club, at the county fair, at county events and at the state fair.

He is in the Muscatine County 4-H Sci-Tech Club and his team has participated in the state fair robotics challenge for four years. Caleb has exhibited robotics items he built every year in the robotics project area, at the county and state fairs, and has developed engineering skills in the areas of critical thinking and problem solving.

He is president of his club and is on the Muscatine County 4-H Council and is grateful to 4-H for giving him the opportunity to be in the robotics project area where he has gained numerous life skills. He hopes someday to help society in the engineering field.

52 Iowa 4-H members have been selected as state 4-H project award winners. A total of 163 4-H youth from 52 counties in Iowa applied for state awards.

The awards are given to youth who have exhibited mastery, leadership, citizenship and communication in a specific project area. The 4-H members receiving awards are recognized as top in the state. They completed a rigorous written application and were interviewed on the Iowa State campus.
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