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.
The 4-H FOCUS is the official "You Heard It Here First" newsletter of the SDSU Extension 4-H Youth Development Program.
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.
Final preparations are underway to welcome 4-H shooters from across the state to one of the largest youth shooting events in the nation. Over 2500 qualifying scores have been posted, and there’s an excellent chance we may see several perfect scores this year! An event of this size can be overwhelming to first time attendees, so here are a few tips to help ease the fear of the unknown.
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.
Dale Foiles serves as the range officer on the CMP range during the State Shoot in late April. He shares the following tips and reminders for coaches with youth shooting in the CMP competition.
The following article lists the score requirements for each of the shooting disciplines in the South Dakota 4-H program. These will be used to determine ribbon placings at the State Shoot.
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.
Hopefully by now you have heard about the Grow True Leaders campaign. If you haven’t, check out the “4-H Grows Here Campaign” article on iGrow to discover how to Shout, Share and Support Grow True Leaders. In order for the statewide program to feature our #TrueLeaders we need your help to highlight #TrueLeaders from across the state.
South Dakota 4-H is participating in the National 4-H Council’s Grow True Leaders social media campaign. The goal is to empower youth and build national awareness of the 4-H program. 4-H’ers, parents and leaders are encouraged to use social media to share how skills learned through 4-H are allowing members to succeed as #trueleaders.
The 2016 State Horse Show will be held July 18-21 in Huron at the South Dakota State Fairgrounds.
The South Dakota State Fair is the result of countless hours of dedication by 4-H members, parents, volunteers and staff. This page has been created as your go-to source for all of the information you need for 4-H exhibits at this year's fair.
The 4-H Shooting Sports program develops safe shooting habits in youth ages 8-19. Students practice under the guidance of certified instructors and coaches who have received over 15 hours of training in the areas of safety, techniques, coaching and youth development
The State 4-H Dog show is held each year at the Davison County Fairgrounds in Michell, SD.
The 2016 State 4-H Skill-a-thon will be held September 16 and the Livestock Judging Contest will be held September 17 on the South Dakota State University campus in the Animal Science building.
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.
View South Dakota 4-H state and national event dates and deadline reminders.
Following are the results of the 2016 Black Hills Stock Show Youth Day Contests held at the Pennington County Fairgrounds on Jan 30, 2016.
Members of the South Dakota 4-H Program, have the opportunity to apply for National 4-H Conference scheduled for April 9-14, 2016, in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Youth must be 16 – 18 years old by the date of the event to apply. Applicants should submit their applications to their local 4-H Youth Program Advisor.
The Western Junior Livestock Show is held each year in Rapid City, SD.
Mining Engineers are responsible for the efficient development of mines and other surface and underground operations used to extract natural resources. Their responsibilities require them to understand their environment as well as the structures in which they work. They are involved with everything from initial surveys to the final closure and land rehabilitation.
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.
Mechanical Engineers combine the principles of materials, energy, mathematics, and physics to design and manufacture machines utilized in all aspects of life. Mechanical engineering is a very broad field encompassing research, design, development, and manufacturing. Many of its sub-disciplines spill over into other fields of engineering.
Electrical engineers work with the development and manufacturing of electrical systems and equipment such as motors, communication systems, power generation equipment, and electronics. Electrical engineers design circuits to perform specific functions that allow electronic devices to run safely, reliably, efficiently, and predictably.
Civil engineers are those that work with built environments. This includes but is not limited to roads, bridges, buildings, and water and air systems. Some highlighted specialty areas include: transportation, structural engineering and environmental engineering.
Agricultural and Biosystems Engineers come from a variety of different backgrounds and from numerous locations across the globe. Let’s take a moment to meet some from right here in South Dakota.
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.
We live in a society where technology allows us to communicate with friends and family around the world, deposit checks without ever going to the bank, shop in our pajamas from the comfort of our couch, and find the answers to almost anything with just the click of a button. But in the midst of all these connections, it is easy to loose sight of the potential risks of these actions.
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?
As with any youth development job, coaching can be one of the most rewarding, yet challenging things a person does. It is a job that requires commitment, flexibility, and creativity. Teachers, parents, or industry professionals are all excellent choices for robotics coaches.
The South Dakota 4-H Shooting Sports Scholarship deadline is April 1, 2016. To be considered, the student must have participated in South Dakota’s 4-H shooting sports program for a minimum of three years, and be either a high school senior or college freshman with a minimum 2.5 GPA. The South Dakota shooting sports program will disburse a minimum of two $500 scholarships. In 2015, four scholarships were awarded, totaling $2500.
South Dakota uses a number of rulebooks from national governing bodies, as well as a few produced for 4-H use alone.
The 2016 Shooting Sports season opens for most counties on January 3. Qualifying for the State Shoot in April is high on the list of goals for the year. Here is the 2016 listing of Match entry deadlines, courses of fire, and required qualification scores to be eligible for the State Shoot held in Ft. Pierre April 22-24. All entries and bills are processed using the shooting sports management software.
Over 250 4-H youth registered for the Fall State 4-H Shoot, which included muzzleloading, trap, skeet and sporting clays. Great temperatures and light wind gusts both days provided some challenge to all the shooters. Top contenders in the senior shotgun and muzzleloading will be offered spots on the 2016 National Team.
4-H shooting sports instructors complete over 15 hours of training before they are certified. This investment of time proves beneficial to the adults receiving training as well as the youth they eventually coach. The journey to certification begins at the local county 4-H office, where volunteer screening applications are completed. Next, the volunteer may select from a variety of disciplines along with the required youth development component.
The Mitchell Trap Club will host the 2015 Fall State 4-H Shoot September 12 and 13 in Mitchell, South Dakota. Youth qualify by participating in a qualification match in their home county, and then registering for the shoot by August 31, 2015. Shotgun and Muzzleloading disciplines will participate.
The first qualification round for South Dakota 4-H Shooting Sports was completed on February 28, with over 1200 participants. 4-H members competed in BB Gun, Air Rifle, Air Pistol, 22 Rifle, CMP, 22 Pistol, Recurve Archery and Compound Archery, entering scores on-line to determine the winners. Students with high enough scores qualify for the State 4-H Shoot to be held at the Ft. Pierre EXPO Center April 24-26, 2015.
The 2015 summer Shooting Sports season continues. Qualifying for the State Shoot in September is high on the list of goals for the year. Here is the 2015 listing of Match entry deadlines, courses of fire, and required qualification scores to be eligible for the State Shoot to be held in Mitchell September 12-13. All entries and bills are processed using the shooting sports management software.
Match 3 concludes the indoor shooting sports program for 2015. This match serves as a final opportunity to qualify for State, and allows students competing at national events during the summer to keep their motivation and skills up during the gap between state and national level competition.
Position Medals are being awarded to youth with the top score in their age division during the recent State 4-H Shoot. The BB Gun division had over 600 participants. Beginner Mya Dissing of Minnehaha County earned both the Standing and Kneeling medals, while Rylie Stoeser of Hughes County took Sitting. Prone was shared by Luke Jones of Stanley and Nicolette Hoffman of Douglas.
Everyone likes to be recognized for doing a good job – including volunteers! Volunteer recognition does not need to be formal, public, or expensive. This article features a list of recognition ideas which can be used to recognize Extension Volunteers.
The 4-H Volunteer Work Agreement has been updated to help volunteers fill out and submit the forms properly to their county office. All new volunteers must complete the updated SDSU 4-H Volunteer Work Agreement Form found on iGrow.