• 41°

4-H members get ready for National Youth Science Day

4-H agent

Sara Drake

Sara Drake

Youth in Rowan County will join hundreds of thousands of youth across the world in the eighth annual 4-H National Youth Science Day (4-H NYSD) experiment. This year’s experiment, called “Motion Commotion,” will combine a speeding car collision and a distracted driving demonstration in a simulated activity that investigates the physical and human factors of motion.

Rowan County youth will conduct the two-part “Motion Commotion” experiment on Tuesday, Oct. 6, at 6:30 p.m. at the Rowan County Agricultural Center, 2727 Old Concord Road, where they will use everyday materials — including a toy car, modeling clay, ruler, calculator and cell phone — to explore physics in the real world.

In the first phase, youth will build a simulated runway to analyze the speed, momentum and kinetic energy of a car in motion, and will explore the science behind the car’s collisions.

In the second phase, they will lead an experiment that uses the same physics principles to demonstrate the consequences of distracted driving. This event is open to youth in fourth through 12th grades.  To register, call 704-216-8970 by Friday, Oct. 2.

4-H NYSD is the world’s largest, youth-led science experiment. The national rallying event for 4-H Science, 4-H NYSD is an interactive learning experience that gets youth excited about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and spotlights the many ways Rowan County youth are engaging in 4-H science programs year-round.

The 2015 activity was designed by Oregon State University Cooperative Extension in partnership with Vernier Software & Technology and selected as the winning experiment for the eighth annual 4-H NYSD.

In addition to the event in Rowan County, youth will conduct the “Motion Commotion” experiment at hundreds of local events taking place nationwide. National 4-H Council will host the flagship national event, with hundreds of youth participating in the experiment on Oct. 7 in Washington, D.C. The national sponsors of 2015 4-H NYSD are Hughes (HughesNet satellite Internet), Lockheed Martin and U.S. Cellular.

A recent longitudinal study conducted by Tufts University, “The Positive Development of Youth: Comprehensive Findings” from the 4-H Study of Positive Youth Development, revealed 4-H programming does, indeed, get young people more connected to science.

According to the study, 4-H’ers are two times more likely to participate in science, engineering and computer technology programs during out-of-school time (grades 10-12) and 4-H girls are two times more likely (grade 10) and nearly three times more likely (grade 12) to take part in science programs compared to girls in other out-of-school time activities.

Every year, youth complete more than 5 million 4-H science projects in robotics, agricultural science, rocketry, wind power, environmental science and alternative energy. To learn more about 4-H NYSD, visit www.4-h.org/nysd.

4-H, the nation’s largest youth development organization, grows confident young people who are empowered for life today and prepared for a career tomorrow. For more information on the 4-H program in Rowan County, contact Sara Drake, 4-H Extension agent, at sara_drake@ncsu.edu or at 704-216-8970.

The 4-H program is the youth education program of North Carolina Cooperative Extension, based at North Carolina State and North Carolina A&T State universities. More than 232,000 young people ages 5 through 18 participate in North Carolina 4-H activities each year with the help of more than 20,500 adult and youth volunteers.

Comments

Local

Scout’s Honor: With dedication of flag retirement box, Salem Fleming earns Eagle Scout rank

College

North Carolina king, queen of NCAA lacrosse tourneys

High School

High school football: State’s top honor goes to Jalon Walker

Education

Kannapolis seniors walk elementary schools

Local

Local real estate company employees come out in force to build Habitat house

Local

Quotes of the week

Coronavirus

Auditors find oversight lacking for $3 billion of state’s pandemic aid

Nation/World

When will gas situation return to normal?

Local

Rowan native Shuping posthumously receives Concord Police Department’s Medal of Valor, Purple Heart

News

GOP measure on penalties for rioting draws fire

News

Black high school softball player told to cut hair

Coronavirus

State shows 303 COVID-19 deaths in Rowan

Coronavirus

CDC: Fully vaccinated people can largely ditch masks indoors

Crime

One arrested, another hospitalized in Castor Road stabbing

China Grove

China Grove Roller Mill open for tours Saturday

News

Facing personnel deficiencies, local fire departments request tax rate increases

Local

‘Panic buying’ creates gas supply shortages locally, statewide after pipeline cyberattack

Business

Twice as nice: Planet Smoothie opens alongside Cold Stone Creamery in co-branded store

Local

Spencer board gets update on South Iredell rat problem

Education

West Rowan teacher awarded $15,000 outdoor learning grant

Cleveland

Town of Cleveland plans celebration May 22

High School

High school girls tennis: Busy Hornets win again easily

High School

High school softball: Nixon, Walton top all-county team

Education

All Hood Alumni and Friends Symposium scheduled June 18