Volunteers are being sought to help with 4-H National Youth Science Day projects beginning Oct. 10.

University of Illinois Extension and Rock Island County 4-H will offer the Eco-Bot Challenge to fifth-grade classrooms and youth agencies from Oct. 10 through mid-November. Students will enhance their engineering skills by learning to think like a robotics engineer, assembling their own robots, known as Eco-Bots, and control surfaces in order to manage an environmental cleanup. Youths will then test the interaction between the Eco-Bot’s environmental engineering design features and various control surface configurations to determine the most effective environmental cleanup solution for a simulated toxic spill.

Volunteers will attend a training session so they can help take the program out to schools and youth agencies in the Illinois Quad-Cities. The volunteers will be given supplies to help students set up their own Eco-Bots and can select a classroom or youth group to work with, based on their schedule. 

Training will be at Rock Island County Extension, 321 West 2nd Ave., Milan, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Monday, noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 10 and 5:30-6:30 p.m. Oct. 11.

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Register for training online at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/hmrs or call 309-756-9978.