4-H offers three science, engineering projects
CSU 4-H Extension Agent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
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 http://www.extension.colostate.edu/garfieldcounty/. 4-H is a cooperative effort between CSU Extension and Garfield County.
Support Local Journalism
Support Local Journalism
Readers around Glenwood Springs and Garfield County make the Post Independent’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
User Legend: Moderator Trusted User
Back and better than ever, Spellabration fundraiser for Colorado Mountain College and Literacy Outreach will be held over Zoom this year with the theme MasqueREAD. The news release states there’s only been one cancellation of…