Duke aids Indiana 4-H Foundation robotics project

The Indiana 4-H Foundation recently announced it received a $60,000 Duke Energy Foundation grant to help fund 4-H youth robotics clubs in up to 14 Indiana counties, including Jackson.

The goal is to increase science literacy among Hoosier youth and their interest in, and excitement for, possible science careers, according to a news release.

The Indiana 4-H Youth Development Program, which the Indiana 4-H Foundation helps support, has identified a rising need for after-school programming opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

4-H robotics clubs provide 9- to 18-year-olds with an educational and entertaining outlet to gain progressive, hands-on experience in engineering design, computer programming and other skills in a team setting.

Club activities mimic the process used by scientists and engineers in many industries, and they help youth develop critical, in-depth, 21st-century skills, including creative thinking, problem solving, teamwork and communication.

This grant will fund Lego Mindstorms EV3 robotics kits and clubs in Jackson, Clay, Dearborn, Floyd, Franklin, Harrison, Johnson, Putnam, Vermillion and Vigo counties with the potential to share kits in four more counties.

Programs funded by this grant could reach more than 900 youth and 100 adult volunteers.