Area 4-H Robotics Team Gives Demonstration at Venango County Commissioners Meeting

| June 14, 2017

FRANKLIN, Pa. (EYT) – The Venango County Commissioners got a special demonstration from the 4-H Electrotechs Team 3954 out of Emlenton at Tuesday’s commissioner’ meeting.

(Photo: The robot that Team 3954 built from scratch)

Team 3954, which is home based at the Crawford Center in Emlenton and has students from A-C Valley, Keystone and Oil City School Districts as well as Venango Catholic High School on it, won the Greater Pittsburgh Regional FIRST Robotics Competition in March qualifying for the national competition in St. Louis, which was held in late April.

“It was a whole learning experience for us (in St. Louis),” Robert Wenner Jr., a student at Venango Catholic and a member of the team said. “ “We did amazingly well from how we thought we would do.”

The team, which has been around since 2012 and has approximately 15 students on it, gets a box of parts to start with and must build a robot to do certain functions as chosen by that year’s theme, and while they didn’t win the top prize at the national competition, they did receive the Judge’s Award.

“The judges are able to give an award based on something they consider to be exceptions among all the kids,” team member and club president Sam Anderson from A-C Valley said. “We had approximately 100 or so sponsors and were able to raise about $20,000 in about a month, which is twice as much as we raise in a year. so we could get to St. Louis. The judges came and talked to us about that, and we talked about how we got to all of these local businesses and friends and family. They thought we were worthy of a Judges’ Award.”

This year’s match included having the robot the team built deliver gears and have the robot climb.

Here is a video demonstration of the robot in action delivering the gears.

Here is a video demonstration of the robot in action climbing

The club is open to students in both Venango and Clarion Counties, and it is hosting a Robotics Boot Camp every Wednesday in June from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for all youth seventh through 12 grades interested in the Electrotechs. The boot camp is in room 305 of the Crawford Center, which is located at 411 Hill Street in Emlenton (the old elementary school). The basics of robotics will be taught, and each week is a different topic. The remaining June dates are June 14, June 21 and June 28.

Als, from July 11 to July 14 the club will hold a day camp from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Crawford Center.

For more information about either the boot camp or the day camp or the club itself, e-mail them at or visit their Facebook page at

“These young adults are the future of our area,” Commissioner Vincent Witherup said. “They are both intelligent and show teamwork. It is a great learning process.”

Members of the club who were at Tuesday’s commissioners’ meeting included Anderson, Wenner, Jonathan Sherwin (A-C Valley), Briar Kentzel (A-C Valley), John Healy (A-C Valley), Cadyn Woods (Keystone) and Greg Sherwin (A-C Valley graduate who is now a student at Penn State-Behrend).

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