Missouri State Fair spreads awareness about robotics

2 years 1 month 1 week ago Sunday, August 16 2015 Aug 16, 2015 Sunday, August 16, 2015 4:01:00 PM CDT August 16, 2015 in News
By: Samantha Kummerer, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

SEDALIA - On Sunday, it wasn't livestock showings that took the center stage in Assembly Hall, but robots.

The Show-Me Robotics event let the public watch competitions and demonstrations by various robotic teams throughout the state.

Missouri 4-H and SCOPE co-hosted the event that brought in 10 teams to compete throughout the day.

Sherry Comer, the afterschool service director for Camdenton R-III School District, said the event aims to show the public how exciting the STEM field can be.

"4-H isn't just about cows and pigs any longer," Comer said. "It's really exciting because 4-H branches out into many areas and robotics is definitely one of those."

In the Camdenton R-III School District's afterschool program, 254 students participate in FIRST Robotics.

"Robotics is so much fun and it's so exciting and it really gives kids a reason to see how important school is and taking rigorous classes and it gives them an opportunity to work hands on with engineers and scientists, so they can make a good choice when they go to college," Comer said.

Comer said this year's event was smaller than years in the past that usually has three times the number of teams.

"We really hope they see how exciting 4-H is and how exciting FIRST robotics is and it's a great combination for kids and then it's something they can take into their community and start up," Comer said.

Kylie Becker, a team member on Camdenton's robotic team Lazer 3284, said Sunday's competition was more laid back than other competitions hosted doing the regular season. 

The regulations at the event were not as strict as other robotics competitions. The day was aimed at spreading awareness to the public.

For Brandon Reine, a team member on Team Scream 4522 from Sedalia, it was his first time competing in the state fair and he found himself answering a lot of questions from the public. 

"I think it's really good for the kids to come in here and see the robot and get inspired," Reine said. "And hopefully they'll grow up and when they're in high school they'll join their own robotics team."

Reine said he didn't even know about FIRST Robotics until his friend joined. Reine said there really isn't a lot of knowledge about it, so the partnership with the Missouri State Fair aids in increasing awareness.

"Getting out at the state fair and the public eye I think it's really important so more kids can join," Reine said.

Each year all the teams have a new robot that is specially designed to complete a specific challenge that could include throwing a ball or stacking boxes.

 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA- Officers responded to a robbery the Sonic Drive-In restaurant at 5700 St. Charles Rd. Saturday night around 10 p.m.,... More >>
1 hour ago Sunday, September 24 2017 Sep 24, 2017 Sunday, September 24, 2017 11:32:00 AM CDT September 24, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA- Saturday night, around 7 p.m., a vehicle led a Callaway County Sheriff's deputy on a high-speed chase, according to... More >>
2 hours ago Sunday, September 24 2017 Sep 24, 2017 Sunday, September 24, 2017 10:07:00 AM CDT September 24, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Jabberwocky Studios unveiled its second mural Sunday in Downtown Optimist Park. Jabberwocky is a local arts program... More >>
7 hours ago Sunday, September 24 2017 Sep 24, 2017 Sunday, September 24, 2017 4:47:00 AM CDT September 24, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA – Kerryon Johnson ran for five rushing touchdowns, including four in the first half, as the No. 15 Auburn... More >>
15 hours ago Saturday, September 23 2017 Sep 23, 2017 Saturday, September 23, 2017 9:28:00 PM CDT September 23, 2017 in Sports
COLUMBIA - Bikers gathered in Centralia Saturday to show support for a young sexual assault survivor. At least 60... More >>
17 hours ago Saturday, September 23 2017 Sep 23, 2017 Saturday, September 23, 2017 7:05:00 PM CDT September 23, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Cooper's Landing hosted the first Rock n' Roll River Festival Saturday, where families enjoyed food, a fun atmosphere... More >>
20 hours ago Saturday, September 23 2017 Sep 23, 2017 Saturday, September 23, 2017 4:35:00 PM CDT September 23, 2017 in News
CAMDENTON - The goal of the seventh annual Lake of the Ozarks Air Show on Saturday was to salute veterans.... More >>
20 hours ago Saturday, September 23 2017 Sep 23, 2017 Saturday, September 23, 2017 4:14:00 PM CDT September 23, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Central Missouri chapter of Parents of Murdered Children and Missouri Missing hosted a memorial picnic Saturday... More >>
20 hours ago Saturday, September 23 2017 Sep 23, 2017 Saturday, September 23, 2017 3:55:00 PM CDT September 23, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri has one of the lowest enrollment rates when it comes to the 529 College Savings Plan.... More >>
21 hours ago Saturday, September 23 2017 Sep 23, 2017 Saturday, September 23, 2017 3:28:00 PM CDT September 23, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA – MU, Auburn, Clemson and LSU are announcing their partnership in the U.S. Tiger University Consortium Saturday. Clemson... More >>
21 hours ago Saturday, September 23 2017 Sep 23, 2017 Saturday, September 23, 2017 3:16:00 PM CDT September 23, 2017 in Top Stories
EVERTON (AP) — Missouri school districts that adopted a four-day school week in recent years are not finding the savings... More >>
22 hours ago Saturday, September 23 2017 Sep 23, 2017 Saturday, September 23, 2017 2:14:48 PM CDT September 23, 2017 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A school district in Kansas City is praising a bus driver for safely getting 34 children... More >>
22 hours ago Saturday, September 23 2017 Sep 23, 2017 Saturday, September 23, 2017 2:10:35 PM CDT September 23, 2017 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — An undercover police officer and an Air Force lieutenant were among the 120 people who were... More >>
22 hours ago Saturday, September 23 2017 Sep 23, 2017 Saturday, September 23, 2017 2:07:00 PM CDT September 23, 2017 in News
BOONE COUNTY - The Latter House Kingdom Ministries of Columbia will host their tenth annual Fall Festival today at the... More >>
1 day ago Saturday, September 23 2017 Sep 23, 2017 Saturday, September 23, 2017 7:59:00 AM CDT September 23, 2017 in News
ELDON - The people of Eldon are rallying around a family whose son suffered a spinal injury during football practice... More >>
1 day ago Friday, September 22 2017 Sep 22, 2017 Friday, September 22, 2017 7:31:00 PM CDT September 22, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA – A local gym held a fundraiser Friday night, and all it asked for was five minutes. But... More >>
1 day ago Friday, September 22 2017 Sep 22, 2017 Friday, September 22, 2017 7:03:00 PM CDT September 22, 2017 in News
BOONE COUNTY - One person is dead and three more are injured after a two vehicle crash on I-70. ... More >>
1 day ago Friday, September 22 2017 Sep 22, 2017 Friday, September 22, 2017 5:53:00 PM CDT September 22, 2017 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Planned Parenthood is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to vacate an appeals court order that slowed... More >>
1 day ago Friday, September 22 2017 Sep 22, 2017 Friday, September 22, 2017 5:47:00 PM CDT September 22, 2017 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 85°
1pm 89°
2pm 89°
3pm 89°
4pm 89°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

12:30p
PGA Tour Golf
5:00p
KOMU 8 News @ 5
5:30p
NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt
12:30p
Family Guy
1:00p
The Cleveland Show
1:30p
Up in the Air

Tonight's Schedule

6:00p
Football Night in America
7:20p
Sunday Night Football
6:00p
The Karate Kid III
8:00p
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Family Guy