Robotics

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Co Superintendent - Lee Sherry, Madison
Co Superintendent - Amy Timmerman, Holt
Co Superintendent - Julie Kreikemeier, Colfax

Rules

  1. The name and county of each exhibitor should appear separately on the back of each board, poster or article and on the front cover of the notebooks so the owner of the exhibit may be identified if the entry tag is separated from the exhibit.
  2. Each individual is limited to one exhibit per class. All static exhibits must have received a purple ribbon at the county fair to advance to the State Fair.
  3. Several classes require a display board which should be a height of 24 inches and not to exceed 1/4-inch thickness. A height of 24 7/8 inches is acceptable to allow for the saw kerf (width) if two 24 inch boards are cut from one end of a 4 foot by 8-foot sheet of plywood. Nothing should be mounted within 3/4 inch of the top or bottom of the board. (Example: Woodworking & Electricity.)
  4. Fabricated board such as plywood, composition board, or particle-type lumber may be used for demonstration displays.
  5. Demonstration boards should be sanded and finished to improve their appearance. The finish on a demonstration board will be judged as a woodworking exhibit.
  6. Demonstration boards should include an overall title for the display, plus other necessary labeling.
  7. Reports should be written using the scientific method whenever possible (Background, the Question or hypothesis, what you plan to do and what you did, Method used and observations, Results: what you learned.  All reports should be computer generated and enclosed in a clear plastic cover. The reports should be attached securely to the display. 
  8. Reports should be written using the scientific method whenever possible (Background, the Question or hypothesis, what you plan to do and what you did, Method used and observations. Results: What you learned. All reports should be computer generated and enclosed in a clear, plastic cover. The reports should be attached securely to the display.
  9. Premier 4-H Science Award is available in this area. Please see General Rules for more details.

Youth enrolled in Virtual Robotics, Junk Drawer Robotics (Levels 1, 2, or 3), Robotics Platforms or GEAR TECH 21 may exhibit in any class within this division.

Team Entries:  To qualify for entry at the Nebraska State Fair team materials entered in robotics classes that are clearly the work of a team instead of an individual must have at least 50% of all team members enrolled in 4-H.  Additionally, all enrolled 4-H members on the team should complete and attach an entry tag to the materials.  A supplemental page documenting the individual contributions to the project should be included.  The entry will be judged as a team, with all team members receiving the same ribbon placing.

Creating a video of your robot in action would be helpful for the judges but is not mandatory present as a CD Rom with your robot entry

Classes

  • Class H861001.   Robotics Poster (SF236) -  Create a poster (14” X 22”) communicating a robotics theme such as “Robot or Not”, “Pseudocode”, “Real World Robots”, “Careers in Robots” or “Autonomous Robotics”, “Precision Agriculture” or a robotic topic of interest to the 4-H’er.
  • Class H861002.Robotics Notebook (SF237) – Explore a robotics topic in-depth and present your findings in a notebook.  Documentation should include any designs, research, notes, pseudocode, data tables or other evidence of the 4-H’ers learning experience.  The notebook should contain at least three pages. Topics could include a programming challenge, a programming skill, calibration, sensor exploration, or any of the topics suggested in Class 1.
  • Class H861003.  Robotics Video (SF238) – This class should be displayed in a notebook. The notebook should include a video clip on a CD/DVD that demonstrates the robot performing the programmed function. Include your pseudo code and screenshots of the actual code with a written description of the icon/command functions. All videos for state fair should be emailed to Amy Timmerman  atimmerman2@unl.edu before August 15. Files must be saved in a PC compatible format with county name and last name of participant before emailing. 
  • Class H861004.  Robotics /Careers Interview (SF239) – Interview someone who is working in the field of robotics and research the career in robotics. Interviews can either be written or in a multimedia format (CD/DVD). Written interviews should be in a notebook. Written reports should be 3 to 5 pages, double spaced, 12-point font, and 1” margins. Multimedia reports should be between 3 to 5 minutes in length.
  • Class H861005.  Robotics Sensor Notebook (SF241) – Write pseudo code which includes at least one sensor activity.  Include the code written and explain the code function.  
  • Class H861006.  Build a Robot (may use kit) (SF243) – Include a robot and notebook including the pseudocodes for at least one program you have written for the robot, the robots purpose, and any challenges or changes you would make in the robot design or programming. If robot is more than 15” inches wide and 20” inches tall they may not be displayed in locked cases. We recommend that you submit the project under class H861003 – Robotics Video. Junk Drawer Robotics do not qualify. 
  • Class H861007.  Kit Labeled Robot (cannot be programmed.) (SF243) – This class is intended for explorations of robotic components such as arms or vehicles OR educational kits marketed as robots that do not have the ability to be programmed to “sense, plan and act.” The exhibit should include a project the youth has constructed, a description of what it does and an explanation of how it is similar to and different from a robot.  If robot is more than 15” inches wide and 20” inches tall they may not be displayed in locked cases. We recommend that you submit the project under class H861003 – Robotics Video.

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