About Us

2018 World Championship Team


Centre County 4-H Robotics is a local STEM organization focused on education, teamwork, and real world innovation. CC4H Robotics believes that exposing a diverse group of kids to real world engineering challenges at an early age is critical in developing our next generation of innovators. Students participating in the club go way beyond classroom education in STEM into the hands-on world of design, manufacturing, and programming in the context of local and international robotics competitions.


Penn State Extension Centre County 4-H was  selected to start a FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC®) Team in 2012, when it earned a “highest rookie seed” award.  During the following years the team focused on building a committed group of students, mentors, and community sponsors in an effort to improve our performance in FRC and expand into other STEM areas.   The students have participated in a variety of other robotics events, including autonomous sumo and battle bots, and participated in local educational and outreach activities.

During the 2018 season our FRC team won our first ever blue banners, including victories at the Greater Pittsburgh Regional and the FIRST Robotics Championships in Detroit.  We were proud to be the first team from Pennsylvania to ever be part of a World Championship winning alliance!

The past few seasons have also brought tremendous growth, as we have expanded beyond our original roots as a small high school FRC team.  In the 2019-2020 season we will be entering 5 total FIRST clubs including FIRST Lego League and FIRST Tech Challenge squads.  Expanding to include these clubs means we now have a continuous progression of programs for students from 4th-12th grade, with more than 80 students from across the county currently participating.

About 4-H

4h-clover-300x305-transAs the largest youth development organization in the nation, 4-H educates students about agriculture, the environment, creative arts, healthy living, science and technology, and business and citizenship.  The 4-H’s are Head, to represent managing and thinking; Heart, which portrays relating and caring; Hands, which symbolize giving and working; and Health, for being and living.  There are currently over 6 million students from elementary through high school who, as 4-H’ers, follow the mottos “learning by doing” and “to make the best better.”  These students are instructed by certified adult volunteers and strive to serve and engage in their communities.

For more information, visit The National 4-H website

Get Involved

Centre County 4-H Robotics is always looking for students, adult mentors, and local businesses who want to join and support our team.  All students between grades 4 and 12, regardless of past experience in robotics, are welcome to join our FIRST Lego League (grades 4-6), FIRST Tech Challenge (grades 7-8), or FIRST Robotics Competition (grades 9-12) teams.  Adults with experience in machining, programming, electronics, or even skills like marketing, business development, design, and communication are encouraged to help mentor students in these areas.  And finally, the majority of our funding comes from local businesses and organizations who are passionate about next generation STEM education.  To get information about any of these ways to get involved please fill out our Contact Form.


The Vision of FIRST

“{The vision of FIRST is} To transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders.”

Dean Kamen, Founder

Special Thanks to our Sponsors:

Penn State Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Avail Technologies, IEEE Central PA Chapter, Standard Steel, FireOne, Diamondback Truck Covers, Lezzer Lumber

Contact Us to Become a Sponsor