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Grayson County 4-H hosts first ag robotics competition

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Students compete in a ag robotics competition hosted by Grayson County. Students compete in a ag robotics competition hosted by Grayson County.

GRAYSON COUNTY, Texas -- The future is looking bright for Grayson County farmers as a younger generation emerges with fresh ideas and new technology. 

Students from Grayson County's 4-H clubs spent the past two weeks working to find creative ways to develop new technology that could impact the future of farming -- and it all started with a tiny Lego. 

"We want our youth to understand that technology can be a bonus to the farming industry," said Tamara McGaughy, Grayson County's 4-H agent. 

On Saturday a group of students from the county competed in an agricultural robotics competition, presenting the technology the spent the last two weeks working on. 

"Its been kind of difficult.," said Bells ISD 6th grader, Abigail Marsh. " It can be stressful if you don't always cooperate with the people you're working with." 

"If you can learn different ways to care for your animals; or even just crops, it can overall improve you entire lifestyle," added Ruben Hernandez. 

Hernandez and Marsh are a part of a growing group of students using robotics to make a difference in the agricultural industry. 

Both Marsh and Hernandez competed in Saturday's competition. 

They used technology built from Legos to demonstrate how the robots can maximize crop production and lessen the workload for farmers. 

"They used the EB3 lego robots and simple things like counting blocks and pipe cleaners to represent what they're trying to do on the farm," said McGaughy.

She added the competitions also benefit the students because they can improve in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. 

"It lays the basic foundation for the more advanced things, including programming and building a structurally stable robotic design," said Hernandez. 

McGaughy also added the competitions can also put students on a career path as technology continues to advance. 

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