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    Knowing When Pets Are Getting Too Hot: What to do about it?

    This week’s intense heat wave has many people reminding themselves about how to keep themselves safe from the heat and humidity – but people should consider those measures for their pets as well. Heat stress signs serve as an alert to animal owners that their pet’s body is working hard to cool itself down, and that more severe problems – such as heat stroke - may result if help is not provided.

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    South Dakota 4-H Participates at Big Sioux Water Festival

    SDSU Extension and South Dakota 4-H participated in the 24th annual Big Sioux Water Festival on the campus of SDSU, May 10. Students from area schools were engaged in many area of the festival. The festival is a one day water themed event where youth can apply their knowledge of water education they have learned in their classrooms.

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    State Shoot Preparation: Archery

    Attending the State 4-H Shoot is an exhilarating and sometimes scary experience, because it is such a large event. The first time you walk through the door, you may feel intimidated; just take a deep breath, and put on a smile, because you will soon be meeting some very friendly folks! Each archery age group has its own range in the EXPO Building. If you are unsure you are on the correct range, just ask, someone will be happy to direct you.

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    4-H Photographer Bids

    SDSU Extension and South Dakota State 4-H is opening bids for photographers for our Livestock and Youth-in-Action competitions at South Dakota State Fair and South Dakota State 4-H Horse Show. Photographers must release photographs to SDSU Extension for use online as well as in print. A shot list will be provided and youth’s information must be entered by the photographer when pictures are taken.

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    Teen Leadership Conference: Registration now open!

    The South Dakota 4-H Youth Council invites you to join them on the South Dakota State University campus June 6-10, as they present Teen Leadership Conference: TLC Unleashed. TLC will provide a great balance of leadership training, personal growth, and fun to any South Dakota youth between 13 and 18 years of age. Youth Council encourages all teens to attend and bring their friends.

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    SD 4-H Teens As Teachers Summer Program

    This summer 4-H members in teams of sophomores, juniors or seniors (from 2015-16 school year) in high school along with a supportive adult mentor now have the opportunity to bring the popular SD 4-H Teens as Teachers program to their community! Teenaged youth participating in this program will make a difference in their communities while teaching others, deepen their own learning, and will be supported by caring adults to empower them.

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    Engineering Spotlight: Metallurgical & Materials Engineering

    Materials engineers develop, process, and test materials that can be used to create a wide range of products. These products can be used everywhere from the medical industry to the grocery store. Metallurgical engineers focus on the development of metals. They work with every stage of the metal making process: extraction, refining, and recycling while solving issues of corrosion and product strength.

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    4 H’s of Engineering

    4-H is at the forefront of programs that provide opportunities for youth to partake in experiential and inquiry-based learning. When a spirit of innovation, creativity, and curiosity is added to this, you have an ideal setting for engineering education. Not only does that structure of 4-H lend to an ideal setting for engineering education, but engineering lends well to the 4 H’s of youth development.

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    Planning Early for Careers in Science

    For several years, there has been a push for science education. National 4-H launched a campaign to train a million new young scientists by 2013. New programs, camps and out-of-school opportunities started all over the country, and not just for high school students. Companies such as Lego Education created new kits and curriculum to engage youth as young as kindergarten in things like wind power and simple machines. Engineering and math activities became central to many of these programs. Why so many, and why so young?

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    4-H Volunteer Hall of Fame

    The South Dakota 4-H Volunteer Hall of Fame was established in 2002 as part of the 100th birthday celebration of 4-H. Its purpose is to recognize and celebrate adult volunteers in South Dakota who have dedicated themselves to making significant contributions to the development of the SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program in the areas of: Character, Citizenship, Leadership, and Career Accomplishment.

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