Kids sharpen their science skills in the 4-H Eco-Bot Challenge

Kids sharpen their science skills in the 4-H Eco-Bot Challenge

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The experiment was designed to introduce kids to robotic engineering concepts. The experiment was designed to introduce kids to robotic engineering concepts.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Local kids got the chance to be scientists for a day as part of a 4-H program held on the University of Tennessee campus.

As part of the fifth annual National Youth Science Day, 4-H members from Knox County took part in the 4-H Eco-Bot Challenge.

The experiment was designed to introduce kids to robotic engineering concepts.

Kids assembled their own eco-bots, and tested various features of the devices to figure out how to manage an environmental clean-up.

Organizers hope the project will encourage student interest in math and science and eventually fuel much-needed growth in those areas.

"I hope we provoke thought into going into those disciplines in college and to go into those careers because our nation's at a lack right now of educated scientists and engineers, compared to some of the other disciplines," said Lori Gibson, an extension specialist at the UT Department of Biosystems Engineering.

Students nationwide performed the same experiment, including Greeneville, Murfreesboro and Lexington in Tennessee.

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