4-H’ers have a blast during National Youth Science Day
Contact: Jann Burks, extension specialist for 4-H youth development
Recently, (COUNTY NAME) 4-H’ers learned how creativity and a strong foundation in math and science can help them help others, when they participated in the 4-H National Youth Science Day experiment.
National Youth Science Day gives 4-H professionals and volunteers across the country an opportunity to get youth excited about science, math, engineering and technology and promote 4-H Science programs. Since 2008, more than 5 million young Americans have participated in National Youth Science Day.
This year’s national experiment was called Rockets to the Rescue. 4-H’ers were given a fictional scenario that required them to design and construct an aerodynamic aircraft capable of delivering food to national disaster victims on a remote island in the Pacific Ocean. They were to create the aircraft using common everyday items like recyclable two-liter bottles, cotton balls, pipe cleaners, rubber bands and a protractor. Building their rockets required them not only to use their science skills but also to learn about the effects of natural disasters and food security issues, which are emerging real-world problems.
4-H helps mold the leaders of tomorrow and a strong foundation in math and science can help young people pursue numerous careers where they could make positive contributions to mankind.
While the national day was Oct. 8, Kentucky 4-H is celebrating the day and conducting the experiment throughout the month. For more information about 4-H science and technology opportunities, contact your (COUNTY NAME) Cooperative Extension Service.
Educational programs of the Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, sex, religion, disability or national origin.