RIFLE, Colorado - Three emerging 4-H projects have been designed to meet the Colorado 4-H goal of reaching and teaching 1 million youth in science, technology, engineering and math by 2013. Those include lightning photography, the power of wind and exploring the environment.
In the pilot Lightning Photography project, 4-H members learn lightning safety, the science and physics of lightning and the different results from using film photography versus digital photography.
Students from across the state will be invited to submit their best lightning photographs for display at the Colorado State Fair and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
The Power of Wind class involves young people in the engineering design process as they learn about wind and its uses. Students work in a team to design, create, build and test a wind-powered device that must solve a problem. The project also requires the designers to balance options and requirements.
Utilizing life skills such as teamwork, learning from others, planning, organizing and following through on a project, participants are guided to make adjustments and retest until the machine or vehicle solves the original problem.
They learn about transfer of energy and using machines to simplify tasks. Some activities ask students to use their research and analytical skills to examine national, state and local issues related to wind power.
The Exploring Your Environment project focuses on global issues such as how clean (or dirty) the air is and how to turn waste into something valuable. It also addresses the impact of food production on the environment and how consumer choices can affect food and fiber practices.
Using the scientific method of discovery, 4-H members participate in several activities, such as what plants need, how the elements of life interact, where organisms fit in the food chain, how to measure weather, construction of a compost pile and how to clean an oil spill.
For information about joining 4-H to participate in these projects, contact the Garfield County Extension Office at 625-3969 or visit www.extension.colostate.edu/garfieldcounty/. 4-H is a cooperative effort between CSU Extension and Garfield County.