Team Robo Loco Goes to the State Capitol

A Louisa County 4-H club received two Best Development Awards from 1000 Friends of Iowa on Tuesday, Jan. 23, at the State Capitol in Des Moines. 

The Wapello Community School District RoboLoco FIRST LEGO League 4-H Club initiated a solar energy project that is expected to save the school district nearly $1.5 million and create a sustainable future for years to come. Following the 4-H club members’ recommendations, the school district installed solar panels on three district buildings and a covered bus drop-off canopy at the elementary school. 

Each year, 1,000 Friends of Iowa receive nominations for smart growth development, which are then judged against strict criteria in their respective categories by a panel of jurors. The awards showcase projects that help advance sustainability across Iowa.

The Wapello Community School District 4-H club’s solar panel project was named a recipient in the Renewable Energy category. Award-winning projects feature the use of renewable energy on a small or large scale, have succeeded in decreasing the use of fossil fuels and reducing carbon emissions, and serve as viable models for others looking to adopt renewable energy solutions.

The youth’s exemplary work and involvement impressed the jurors so immensely that they also received a Young Leaders special award. In addition to receiving these honors at the awards ceremony, the youth met Governor Kim Reynolds in her office and talked with her about their project. They also had the opportunity to tour the Iowa House Chamber with Rep. Taylor Collins from Louisa County.

Huge congratulations to this Wapello School District RoboLoco FIRST LEGO League 4-H Club!!

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