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Schmidt: 4-H week October 2nd-8th

By Staff | Sep 30, 2016

National 4-H Week takes place during the first week of October. County 4-H programs across the country utilize this special week to promote 4-H in their county and clubs!

Each year during National 4-H Week, 4-H clubs across America also participate in the world’s largest, youth-led science experiment. This year’s 4-H National Youth Science Day (NYSD) challenge, called Drone Discovery, introduces youth to the growing field of drones in a hands-on, interactive design challenge.

On Tuesday, October 4th, Pierce County 4-H’ers and invited guests will take part in this year’s NYSD experiment, Drone Discovery, to learn about a wide variety of topics related to unmanned flight including flight dynamics, aircraft types, safety and regulations, remote sensing and flight control. The Drone Discovery experiment is a three part engineering design challenge which allows youth grades 4 and up to experiment with fixed and rotary wing designs, explore the concept of remote sensing and dive into the world of coding for real-world drone applications.

The Drone Discovery event will take place Tuesday, October 4th from 4-6pm at the Pierce County Courthouse. Anyone interested in 4-H is welcome to attend this invite-a-friend event and come see what 4-H has to offer. RSVP’s by Monday, October 3rd are appreciated to ensure enough materials for all participants. Parents should plan to attend and participate with their child as 4-H is a family orientated program.

As part of their 4-H Week activities, Pierce County 4-H will also have a display board and information about 4-H in Pierce County on display at Leever’s Supervalu in Rugby October 2nd-8th.

How Does 4-H Work?

The new 4H year began on September 1st. The Pierce County enrollment deadline for eligibility to compete in Achievement Days is November 15th.

Any youth aged 5-18 can participate in 4-H. Youth age 5-7 participate as Cloverbuds on a non-competitive basis. 4-H Members are youth ages 8-18. This age group is part of the competitive program and has full membership in the 4-H program. 4-H members in this age group can be involved in many different activities and events on local and state levels.

A 4-H club is made up of 5 or more youth from 3 or more families. Most 4H clubs meet one to two times a month and are typically led by a parent who is a volunteer leader. Club meetings usually last about 1-2 hours and include a short business meeting, project work/demonstrations, and social time.

The expectations for 4-H membership are a balance between 4-H project work, involvement in the 4-H club, participation in 4-H activities and events including community service projects, and working toward improving one’s personal growth. Parents are expected to help and support their child in their 4-H project work and help their club leader with at least one 4-H Club activity during the 4-H year.

Once a member reaches age 8 or 3rd grade, they can sign up for specific 4-H projects. These projects are a group of hands on activities, organized activities, and leadership/citizenship activities. Members can sign up for as many projects as they would like with the approval of parents and their 4-H leader.

The Pierce County Extension office is looking forward to the new 4H year and all the exciting events available for 4-H’ers to participate in. We are excited to have Pierce County 4-H’ers and their families join us in getting involved in National 4-H Week, Multi-County Project Days, Hippology/Horse Judging, Communication Arts, Project Expo, and Shooting Sports to name a few!

If you’d like to join 4H or become a volunteer contact the Pierce County Extension office at 776-6234 ext. 5 for more information.

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