In celebration of National Youth Science Day in October, Washington County 4-H planned an opportunity for junior high students to partner with the high school FFA teens and learn about a Junkdrawer Robotics lesson.
The lesson was entitled “Marshmallow Catapult Challenge and gave youth the chance to think like an engineer while working in teams to design a machine that can launch a projectile through the air. Youth learned about Trebuchet Style catapults, using mechanical advantage, launch speed factors, and simple machines with information related to a fulcrum.
Currently, more than five million young people across the nation participate in 4 H STEM programming in topics as varied as robotics, agricultural science, rocketry, wind power, environmental science and alternative energy. For more than 100 years, 4-H has been at the forefront of teaching young people about science, engineering technology and math (STEM).
The Mobile Market in Nashville November 17
The Mobile Market will be coming to Nashville again November 17 through a partnership between 4-H Youth Hunger Ambassadors and St. Ann Catholic School. The Mobile Market will be in the front parking lot at St. Ann Catholic School in Nashville from 10 a.m. As we get closer to winter weather it is important for participants to know that the Mobile Market will be open at St. Ann even if it rains, in case of severe cold weather it will be at the fairgrounds in the Commercial Building. If weather is so bad school is closed on a Mobile Market day, the market will probably be canceled for the day.
Some of the items available for free will include fresh produce, dairy, and other perishable foods. Supplies will be available on a first come first served basis until food runs out. Participants should plan to bring boxes, bags, or carts to carry groceries home.
Vouchers for the Mobile Market are currently available from BCMW, the Washington County Health Department or the Washington County U of I Extension Office in Nashville. For more information please call the Washington County Extension Office at 618-327-8881.
The 4-H Youth Hunger Ambassadors and St. Ann Catholic School are also seeking volunteers to help at the Mobile Market on the third Tuesday of each month. If you are available to help, please call 618-327-8881.
University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, contact the extension office at (618)327-8881