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‘Herd of Nerds’ robotics team shines at state event

by | Mar 13, 2020

“Herd of Nerds” coaches Pedro Valdes and Jim Eisenhart stand behind team members, from left, Kinsey Boardman, Michele Jones, Malachi Burkes and Timmy Valdes. (Photo courtesy Jennifer Howell)

SALISBURY, Md. — Somerset County 4-H Robotics represented the entire Eastern Shore Region at the Maryland State First Lego League Tournament on Feb. 23 along with local teams from Wicomico 4-H Robotics Club, and Colonel Richardson High School Robotics Club.
These three top teams won the Eastern Shore Regional FLL tournament in December at Salisbury Middle School and, therefore, moved on the state tournament.
At the state tournament there were 80 teams of young people between the ages of 9-14 from across Maryland competing in four different judging events.
In one of the events, youth had to find a project that would help their community and the Somerset County 4-H Team, which named themselves the “Herd of Nerds,” came up with a design to eliminate chicken house odors.
The team consists of a 11-year-old, two 12-year-olds and one 13-year old: Malachi Burkes, Kinsey Boardman, Timothy Valdes and Michelle Jones.
The judges were clearly impressed with these young people and their efforts, selecting them for the “Judges Award.”
The Judges Award recognizes a remarkable team that stands out among all of the 80 teams for a variety of reasons that the judges are free to determine.
This team is coached by Jim Eisenhart, Pedro Valdes, and Julia Valdes who work all year helping the youth to prepare their team notebooks, help them to build and programming their robot, and practice completing tasks on the robot obstacle course.
To find out more about Somerset 4-H Robotics Clubs, contact Jim Eisenhart at 410-713-8880 or by visiting

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