Preble County 4-H program hosted Sensational Science Sunday this past March. The event was designed to engage participants in hands-on science activities and promote 4-H. According to Christy Millhouse, 4-H educator, both members and advisors were present to answer questions about the 4-H program and conduct the activities. “It was planned by a committee of 4-H youth as a way to promote 4-H while providing something that would appeal to families in the community,” said Millhouse. The event was a great opportunity for youth and families to see the tremendous benefits that come with joining the Ohio 4-H Youth Development program.
According to Click2Science, young people exposed to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities develop and improve critical thinking and problem-solving skills. These young people become the “next generation of innovators” which leads to new products and discoveries. Participating in STEM activities can help youth see how science, technology, engineering and math are part of their everyday lives.
STEM, runs deep in the roots of 4-H. Early 4-H leaders wanted to bring the innovations happening at universities to people in communities across the nation. At that time, it was agricultural-related technology, but today STEM is part of many 4-H projects. Members can take projects that include rocketry, food science, electricity, radio-controlled vehicles, robotics, and more.