Last month at the Ohio 4-H Cloverbot Challenge, Franklin County 4-H had the largest participation of Cloverbud members, bringing Cloverbud members in grades kindergarten through second grade from 11 clubs to the event. With the goal of bringing youth together to solve a problem using science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills, each year the Cloverbot Challenge selects a central theme and asks participants to team up to research the topic, build a working model of their proposed solution, and create a poster to illustrate their findings. This year’s theme was Fabulous Food, which included topics such as food security, food safety, and food security.
On May 21 Cloverbud members, team advisors, and their families came together at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center, with each team presenting their project to a group of reviewers for discussion. Cloverbuds also had the chance to learn about other teams’ findings, participate in various STEM activities, and be recognized for their efforts at a closing ceremony.