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Top 4-H Youth Stories
4-H'ers ‘snap' into science, engineering and technology
Clark County 4-H'ers discovered the fun and excitement of science, engineering and technology during a daylong program on Snap Electricity.
"They see circuit boards in their video games and other electronics, but they don't really know what they are; so they actually learn how to put one together and see how it works," said Heather Cassill, Clark County 4-H youth development agent with the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service.
The participants learned about the function of circuits by completing different activities from a Snap Circuits Junior 100 Electricity kits.
"With the kits, they actually had to observe and read the directions and try to figure out what the electricity circuits are going to do like turn on a light bulb, make sound vibrations and other things like that," Cassill said.
The 4-H'ers learned about electricity, conductors and insulators by putting together lamps made from pop cans. Additionally, they soldered circuit boards from the Kentucky Electronic Education Project that was developed by UK professor Janet Lumpp.
Pillowcase Project offers comfort to sheltered children
When children arrive with their mothers at a Women's Crisis Center shelter, they often have nothing more than the clothes on their backs.
"A lot of times when children come to the shelter they are afraid, they are scared, they have left their home, they have left their school and they have seen violence in their homes," said Maureen Rich, public education coordinator of the Women's Crisis Centers...
UK All Commodity Field Day returns to Princeton in July
It's time for the biennial showcase in Princeton of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture's latest research and extension work - work that is not only conducted on its western Kentucky research station, but throughout the entire college. This...
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Sunny Acres Farm hosts soggy Funfest for rural and urban guests
More than 200 people braved soggy, muddy conditions to learn about agriculture at Sunny Acres Farm in Louisville. The biennial "Crossroads: Farm-City Funfest" went on despite torrential downpours at times. The weather didn't distract volunteers and vendors from their purpose, however - to show rural and urban folks alike what's happening...
Field day helps students better understand environment
Madison County elementary students netted a lesson in the natural environment during a recent daylong environmental field day hosted by the county's office of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service.
Fourth- and fifth-graders and students from a school ecology club participated in several hands-on activities at...
Host families needed for international 4-H'ers
Hosting a Japanese student through one of Kentucky 4-H's International Programs was an enriching experience for Martha Yount and Cathy Kunkel-Mains.
Both women have hosted youth multiple times and learned a lot about the Japanese culture in the process. After she graduated college, Kunkel-Mains traveled to India as a result of her 4-H experiences.
Taste of the Month brings hard-to-find foods to east Kentucky school
Boiled shrimp, provolone cheese, fresh mandarin oranges - these items may sound pretty common to folks living in metropolitan areas. But, for those in rural communities, these items are hard to come by.
"Several years ago, I was doing a 4-H lesson on quesadillas, and the kids didn't have a clue what they were; we didn't have any Mexican...
Cooperative Extension assistants teach girls to be Healthy Divas
The pre-teen and teenage years can be tough for many girls as they deal with switching schools, self identity, changes to their bodies, and pressure from their peers and the media to look, act or think a certain way.
In Fleming County, two University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service assistants are busting stereotypes of the "perfect teenager"...
Kentucky Farms are Fun -- especially in tough economic times
More and more, Kentucky farmers are inviting their neighbors, school groups and the general public to come have fun on their farms.
In the past several years, agritourism or "agritainment" has really taken off in the Bluegrass state as former tobacco farmers try to diversify and hobby farmers look for niches to supplement family-supporting income. Even amidst...
Kentucky 4-H celebrates 100th anniversary
2009 marks the 100th anniversary of 4-H's beginnings in Kentucky. To celebrate this milestone, past and present 4-H members are celebrating the youth organization's past, relishing in the present and setting goals for the future.
"In my judgment, 4-H was America's most successful leadership development program in the 20th century," said Scott Smith, dean of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture.
"Our future depends on continuing to grow the reach and impact of 4-H for the decades to come."...