Blackstar 4-H Robotics

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Attention 4-H Members,

There has been a great response to the 10 week JAVA Onbot coding course being offered by Blackstar 4-H Robotics Club!

There are only 6 slots still available for members 6th-12th grade.  Please fill out the following form so we have an accurate count of those who wish to participate:

The course begins April 30th, 5:30 p.m. at the Tarrant County Extension Office.  We will be providing a calendar of all future class dates at the first meeting.

Briggs Milton, President

Blackstar 4-H Robotics

4-H Chartering Meeting – 05-08-19 @ 6pm

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Dear 4-H Club Managers and Volunteers:

Tarrant County 4-H department will be providing a Club Chartering Meeting for new and existing 4-H Clubs on May 8, 2019 at 6:00pm at the Tarrant County Extension Office, 200 Taylor St. Fort Worth, Suite 500.  This meeting is highly recommended for all 4-H Club Managers and Volunteers who plan to participate.

Please see the dates below that pertain to the 2019/20 Chartering guide lines:

  • March – Release of Texas 4-H Chartering Instructions.
  • March – May – The county Extension office will set the county application procedures and deadlines. The deadline should be established early to allow for any follow-up and late submissions.  The county office meets with club manager and distributes information for chartering.
  • May 1 – July 15 – County office or club manager completes charter application process.
  • July 15 – Application deadline for county office review and approval for an August 15 club activation.
  • July 16 – August 12 – State 4-H Office reviews club charter application and support documentation.
  • August 13-14 – 4-H Connect is offline for annual maintenance.
  • August 15 – Enrollment opens for new 4-H year (September 1 to August 31). Youth can enroll in approved clubs only.

There is a NEW REQUIREMENT – A Chartering Agreement – that must be signed by the Manager & by the Extension Agent.

Additionally, the Financial Review page (which is not new) must also be signed by the Extension Agent.

If you have never visited the Extension office, please see this link for directions and parking information.

Thank you for all that you do for 4-H and the youth of our community.

Jordan Peldyak

Tarrant County 4-H Youth Development

Prairie View A&M University Extension

200 Taylor Street Suite 500

Fort Worth, TX 76196

(817) 884-1945

CYC Officer Nomination

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Dear 4-H Members and Families,

The final regular County Youth Council meeting will be held Tuesday, May 28th. In preparation for the coming year, I encourage all 4-H members to consider running for officer positions of the CYC. These officers serve the Tarrant County 4-H program by guiding the officers at the club level, advising the adult volunteers and Extension agents, and organizing great county-wide events. The CYC meets once a month from August to May on the fourth Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m.

If you have experience as a 4-H officer at the club level and feel that you have talents to share with the whole county, please complete this CYC Officer Nomination form. Per the CYC Bylaws , only current CYC officers, county delegates, or 4-H members who have served as president or vice president of their club are eligible to run for office at the county level. The deadline for nominations is May 7, 2019.

I urge every member who meets eligibility to consider serving. I also request that every member, parent, and club manager consider who would make a good officer for the county. Please share your thoughts with those members and urge them to run. As we continue to build the reach and opportunities that 4-H offers the youth of Tarrant County, we need a strong group of county officers who can provide the guidance and assistance to foster this growth.

Thank you for all that you do to strengthen 4-H in Tarrant County.

Shannon Johnson-Lackey

Extension Agent – CEP (4-H)

200 Taylor Street, Suite 500

Fort Worth, TX 76196

817.884.1291 (office)

817.884.1941 (fax)

Blackstar 4-H Robotics

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Attention 4-H Members!

Blackstar 4-H Robotics, FTC #14242 sponsored by Lockheed-Martin has just completed an exciting and rewarding season with FTC Robotics.

Are you interested in:

  • Engineering
  • Design
  • Building
  • Java Coding
  • Marketing
  • Fun

In keeping with the 4-H motto, “Making the Best Better”, FIRST Robotics focuses on “Gracious Professionalism” and the expression of core values which include Discovery, Innovation, Impact, Inclusion, Teamwork and Fun.

We would love to have YOU join us during the off-season as we prepare for next competition season.  Our off-season will begin with a Java Coding course taught by our very own Evan Guinn.  Please follow the link to indicate your interest by responding on the following document:

There are 20 slots available for students 6th-12th grade.

Where: Tarrant County Extension Office

When:  Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Date: Coming Very Soon

Excited to see YOU there!

Briggs Milton, President

Tarrant County 4-H Blackstar Robotics

CYC Invite – CYC 4.22.19

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Tarrant County 4-Hers…..don’t forget about the County Youth Council’s meeting this Monday, April 22 at 6:30pm.  Below and attached is an Invitation from your President, Cole Whiddon.

LEGO Robotics Team Interest

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Dear Tarrant County 4-H Members and Families,

I am pleased to announce that Blackstar 4-H Robotics wrapped up their FIRST Tech season and is already preparing for season two this fall.  They want to share their experiences with the county and draw new members to join the team.

The members of the team are planning a competition for the clubs of Tarrant County.  The competition will be LEGO Mindstorm based and will take place sometime during the summer.  It will be open to members of all ages and there is plenty of time to form a team and prepare (teams consist of 2-6 individuals).  If you are interested competing in a GEAR robotics competition, please complete this interest form by May 1st.

The Extension office has several LEGO Mindstorm kits that can be borrowed.  After gauging the interest of the clubs and members, the Blackstar team will have an informational session to help teams get started.  If you are new to robotics, this is a great way to get kids interested in your club and eventually have them join the Blackstar team.

Briggs Milton, President
Blackstar 4-H Robotics


What is 4-H?’ – Informal Round Table – Monday, April 22

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Dear 4-H Members and Families,

Are you new to 4-H?  Or, have you been around a while, but still not quite sure what ‘IT’ is?  Or, do you have questions about what all 4-H offers?

If you answer YES to any of these questions, join us on Monday, April 22; 6:30p-7:30p at the County Extension Office.

We will have a small panel of experienced club managers on hand to answer your questions.

If you have never visited the Extension office, please see this link for directions and parking information.

Horse Validation

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4H Family and Clubs

Just a friendly reminder that horse validations are open on 4-H Connect.  If families validate by April 15th they will receive the discounted rate of $10 per horse, validations completed from April 16th through May 1st will be $20 per horse.  Attached you will find the instructions for validation completion and approval.  You can also find those resources and the how-to validation video here:

Please let me know if you have any questions and as always, thank you for all that you do!

Jacklyn Jones
Ag & Natural Resources Extension Agent

Tarrant County

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

200 Taylor St.  Suite 500

Fort Worth, Tx 76196

Tel:   817.884.1946

Fax:  817.884.1941


District Roundup Update

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Below is information that pertains to the District IV 4-H Roundup contests.  Please review it in its entirety before entering on 4H Connect (Registration will begin on March 12 and close at midnight April 12, 2019.)

District Roundup Information

Information is being updated weekly for the upcoming District 4-H Roundup that will be held in TAMU Commerce on May 3-4, 2019.  For detailed information about the contest offered for the District Roundup go to the District Events Page .


A document showing the date, time, and room to report to for each contest will be sent to all contestants and families when all entries have been approved.


For those entered in two contests that occur at about the same time, please use the following guide:

  • Food Show and Educational Presentations/Public Speaking – compete at Food Show first, then immediately after you have been judged, report to your Educational Presentation room.  We have scheduled your Ed. Pres. for later in the order, plus it starts 1-hour later than Food Show.
  • Share the Fun – Group 2 (Saturday) and Consumer Decision Making – compete in Share the Fun first.  Immediately after your performance, report to CDM.  We have scheduled your STF performance early in the order.


Remember when moving on to state competition please research the contest you can enter each day IF you qualified in more than one contest by looking at the table below or visiting the State 4-H Website ( )


For details specific to your contest, please refer to the district website and click on your contest.  If you have questions that are not answered there, please visit with your County Extension Agent(s).  They, in turn, can answer your questions or direct them to me.  Last year we had over 280 contestants registered, this is the best method for getting your questions answered.   New details for certain contests are outlined below:

Educational Presentations

Juniors Intermediates Seniors
No computer aided/projected presentation equipment allowed.  Posters and an easel is a suitable and recommended alternative.  Props and other visual aids are allowed. Computer aided presentation equipment is allowed, but posters are highly recommended and encouraged.  Props and other visual aids are allowed. Any type of presentation equipment, props, and visual aids are allowed (if also allowed by state rules).


  • Intermediate and Senior Educational Presentations – A screen will be in each room.  No computers or other projectors will be provided by contest officials.  You must be familiar with the technology you plan to use.  It is recommended to have your computer booted up and ready to go BEFORE your time to compete in order to prevent possible setup time penalties.
  • Fashion Show – there are no designated “changing rooms”; however there are two sets of restrooms on the 2nd floor contestants may use to change outfits.
  • Share the Fun – for those who need music, please bring your own playback devices.  You will have the capability of connecting to their sound system via a line in jack (same size as on most cell phones).  For those needing a piano in the music category, an electric piano will be available.  Microphones will be available as well.


Adults, if you would like to help with a specific contest (as a judge, timekeeper, monitor, or the like), please let one of your agents know.  He/she can submit your name, and we can plug you in to that contest.


Hurley Miller, Ed.D

District Extension Administrator

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

17360 Coit Road

Dallas, Texas 75252

Phone: 972-952-9263

Cell: 979-204-8439


Upcoming Robotics Contest

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Below you will find information about the Denton County 4-H Sumo-Bot Challenge

My name is Jacob Mayfield and I am on the Denton County 4-H Senior Robotics team. We are hosting a Sumo-Bot Challenge on Saturday, April 27th in Denton as a fundraiser and leadership project. We would appreciate it if you could share this information with your robotics youth/families and even in your  community (schools, FFA, etc.). This would be a fun way for students to put all those hours of practice and hard work to the test in a fun sumo-style contest. I have attached the flyer and registration information, but feel free to reach out if you have any questions. We would love for you guys to get together teams and join us for this event.


Jacob Mayfield