The University of Arizona Navajo Extension has started a community Fab Lab with the Navajo 4-H Club. 4-H is said to give youth an extra edge by allowing for opportunities to develop leadership, responsibility, and other life skills. Through their research based curriculum and University support, 4-H opens a world of possibilities to youth and their parents who want to explore their interests, and this is where the robotics club project began. The Fab Lab is a community project that works to introduce people to the wonder of robotics and STEM.
The group attended a White Mountains Robotics Conference where youth and adults from San Carlos, Flagstaff, Show Low, Pinetop-Lakeside, Snowflake-Taylor, Vernon, and Heber/Overgaard gathered to learn more about robotics.
The RAIN grant money was used to purchase the First and VEX EDR Robotics Fields Systems and game elements. The project has already impacted over 300 people.