Cherry County 4-H made history on February 20 by sending its first Lego Robotics Team to a regional qualifier competition. They walked away with 3rd place in the robotic games and won the Core Values award. This qualified them for the Nebraska 4-H State Robotics Competition which will be held in Grand Island on March 20.

FIRST LEGO® League Robotics Challenge introduces students in Grades 4-8 to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO®-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. Participants discover exciting career possibilities and, through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society.

To win the Core Values award is a huge honor as it is the cornerstone of the program. This award recognizes teamwork, discovery, inclusion, innovation, and other character-focused attributes.

Members of the team include Quinton Nelson, Austin Harp, Tyler Harp, Tanner Two-Strike, Trevor Two-Strike, Cole Boes, and Isaac Utecht. Coaches are Chad Gaver and Andrew Utecht and Team Administrator is Michelle Garwood, 4-H Educator for Cherry County. There are many more youth participating in the Cherry County robotics program on non-competitive and Junior tracks. If you want to learn more or volunteer for the growing program, contact Michelle at 402-376-1850.