The 4-H Science of Agriculture will engage youth in exploring and developing science-based solutions to agricultural problems they have identified in their communities. 4-Hers will work on teams of 3-4 youth, in 6th grade and above.
Jace Woodward decided to join Youth Council because he had heard so many great stories from his friend who had served as an officer. He also wanted to help plan the Teen Leadership Conference, which had become one of the highlights of his summer every year.
Aspen Stover, 4-H Youth Council President, decided to join youth council because she saw it as an amazing opportunity to meet wonderful people that she could learn from, grow with, and turn to as if they were her second family.
As we kick-off a new 4-H year, it is time to begin planning and preparing for new and exciting ways to engage youth during club meetings, afterschool programs, and camps. Many will choose to incorporate activities and lessons related to STEM disciplines.
For ten years now, the 4-H has been promoting the sciences through the 4-H National Science Experiment and National Youth Science Day (NYSD). During NYSD, thousands of youth, volunteers, and educators across the nation take part in a hands-on experiments that expose them to activities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
With the recent extended warm spell, safety on frozen lakes and sloughs should become a concern. While some look at melting ice as a sign of spring and warmer weather, for winter outdoor enthusiasts, it is a sign that our season is winding down. As Winter ends, the need for safety becomes even more important for those trying to enjoy it as long as they can.
With the recent cold weather, thoughts turn to ice fishing and other outdoor activities associated with winter, such as ice skating and cross country skiing. Outdoor activities are a healthy way to enjoy Mother Nature and her bounty. If some precautions are followed ice fishing and ice-skating can be a safe and relaxing activity. These activities may be great ways to fill some of the time off from school during the holiday season.
Camping, swimming, softball, picnics, and family vacations are just some of the activities that families look forward to during the summer. These events provide opportunities for exercise as well as family bonding. While summer is often the prime time for outdoor activities, in extreme heat, extra precautions need to be taken to ensure everyone’s health and safety.
When one family member experiences stress, all members are affected. Family stress can be related to multiple factors such as financial struggles, mental health issues, or communication difficulties. These issues may be intensified during environmental phenomenon such as the current drought conditions across South Dakota. Although youth may experience stress related to the drought indirectly through their parents, the development of positive coping strategies among youth can reduce their personal stress while also decreasing the strain felt by other family members.
The 4-H motto is ‘learn by doing’; but ‘doing’ includes so much more than just a once and done activity. Doing refers to the full process of completing a project – experiencing, sharing, understanding, relating, applying, recording, and reflecting. The act of recording in a notebook offers yet another layer of learning by providing an opportunity to reflect on what was done, what was learned, and engage youth in thinking about what’s next.