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Junk Drawer Robotics melds scientific and practical

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STEM Saturdays allow kids to explore technology. (Submitted photo)

WORTHINGTON — As part of the new series of STEM Saturdays, the University of Minnesota Extension and Nobles County 4-H will offer a Junk Drawer Robotics program next weekend.

STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Saturdays are a new monthly offering in 2020. Last month's focus was on circuits, and the participants got hands-on experience building electrical connections.

STEM Saturdays are free for all youths in grades 2 through 12, whether they are 4-H members or not.

February's event will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. Feb. 8 at the Worthington Regional Extension Office, 1527 Prairie Drive. Typically, STEM Saturdays will be hosted in the Farmers Room on the lower level of the Nobles County Government Center, but the February session has been moved due to a previously scheduled event.

The next theme, Junk Drawer Robotics, aims "to have kids create something out of normal household supplies, similar to things you'd find in a junk drawer," explained Nobles County 4-H STEM Coordinator Katie Klosterbuer.

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Local Extension Education for 4-H Youth Development Mackenzie Wolf added that the program "encourages youth to use the processes and approaches of science, the planning and conceptual design of engineering and the application of technology."

Although Junk Drawer Robotics is free, participants are asked to register in advance by Feb. 6 to ensure enough supplies are provided. Parents can use a provided Google form or contact Katie at kmkloste@umn.edu or Linda at (507) 295-5315.

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January's STEM Saturday included teaching kids to build circuits. (Submitted photo)

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