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A Little Background

As stated on their website, the 4-H movement has been around since "the start of the 20th Century and revolutionized how science was taught outside the classroom -- through practical, hands-on programs and experiences. 4-H was also one of the first organizations in America that taught young people leadership skills and how to positively impact their communities." This makes 4-H a perfect partner with FIRST.

Our local group, The Clark County 4-H Robotics Club, is an organization dedicated to teaching valuable science, technology and teamwork skills to our community's youth. The club provides opportunities for children, grades K-12, to participate in the FIRST Family of Programs.

Team 3674, the CloverBots, competes at the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), which is for grades 9-12. FIRST teams are frequently affiliated with a particular school, but could also be a scout troop, a church youth group, or some other co-operative. In our case, it's a 4-H club.

FIRST provides an awesome chance for teens to be connected to supporting industries and the potential for scholarships, at this critical juncture in their lives. Perhaps someday it will be as common for a high school to have a FIRST robotics team as it is to have a football team. We look forward to that day. But in the meantime, there are a lot of students without access to a FIRST team.

What makes the CloverBots unique?

The Clark County 4-H Robotics Club fills a unique niche in our community. We are not linked to any school, and students throughout the county can join 4-H at no cost. This creates a robotics option for teens that would otherwise not have access to a FIRST team, either because their school doesn't have a team, or they are attending an online school, or perhaps they are homeschooled. 4-H takes them all.

Our high school team, the CloverBots, includes members from hard to reach rural areas, students who attend schools with an alternative learning model, and others living in the city and studying online. We meet at the Manor Evangelical Church in Battleground, Washington, which is central to all of us.

We are grateful for these two progressive organizations: FIRST and 4-H.

A Team is Born

Team #3674, the CloverBots, began with the 2011 FIRST Robotics Competition. FRC starts each year with an intense six week build season. Teams spend this time brainstorming, designing, building, and testing their own unique robot to perform tasks as required for the current year’s competition. At regionals they ally with some teams, and compete against others, in a fast paced sport of tactics and engineering.

In that initial year, the CloverBots won the Inspirational Rookie Award at the Autodesk Regional competition, held in Portland, OR. Go Team!

January 7, 2012 marked the beginning of another FRC season, and our second year as a team. We are currently deep into the build season as we prepare for regionals in March. You can get a sneak peak on our Current Events page.

If you would like to see what our team did in the off-season, check out our Past Events page.

We also have a Facebook page, where you can find the most up-to-date information and lots of photos of our team. Please, come visit us!

Thanks for reading. Wishing you your own good luck…

Team #3674 ~ The CloverBots