Sixth graders at C-FC are 4-H STEM engineers

Sixth graders at Cochrane-Fountain City School District learned about how robotic engineers use hydraulics to conduct scientific research on Mars as part of the National 4-H STEM Challenge on October 26, 2021. Students in Mrs. Wendy Baures’ science classroom used critical thinking skills to design a cosmic claw that opened and closed using hydraulic pistons. Students were challenged with using makerspace materials to test their prototypes and transfer items from one location to another using only their mechanical robots. As part of the 4-H STEM Challenge, Galactic Quest, led by UW-Madison Division of Extension 4-H Youth Development Educator, Annie Lisowski, sixth graders discussed which jobs are best suited for robots and which industries use robotics in daily work. Developing problem solving skills and exploring post-secondary pathways, including future careers in the science and engineering fields, are essential for youth in the 21st century.


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