Eight Michigan 4-H’ers represented the state at the 2013 National 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational. Heartland Public Shooting Park in Grand Island, Neb., welcomed 540 participants from 35 states for the June 23-28 competition. Michigan 4-H sent two teams, one in air rifle and the other in archery.
Youth got a glimpse into the life of a scientist during Michigan 4-H Discovery Camp June 24-28. They spent the week among Michigan State University faculty members, leading researchers and other youth with similar interests. The main focus of the camp is to expose youth to the natural resources and agriculture industry in Michigan.
More than 2,500 youth dispersed across the Michigan State University campus to partake in a variety of hands-on, skill-related activities June 19-21 during Michigan 4-H Exploration Days. Sessions on topics ranging from sheep heart dissection to sailing to Irish bowling immediately had participants excited about all they would be doing during the three-day precollege program.
As another disaster strikes the nation, two 4-H’ers model the 4-H pledge by lending their hands to larger service for not just their community and state but nationwide.
For the first time a Michigan 4-H Robotics Club has qualified for the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Championship, a worldwide robotics championship. Just four years after receiving a grant from Michigan State University (MSU) Extension to start a 4-H robotics club in Allegan, Team ROCK—Reaching Out to Community Kids—will attempt to become the world champion. Competition begins Thursday and runs through Saturday. The team is made up of 4-H members from Hopkins, Wayland, Hamilton, Otsego and Byron Center.
Organization: Michigan 4-H Youth Conservation
Location: Farnum Building, room 210, 123 W. Allegan, Lansing, Mich.
Activities:Presentation on oil spill response plan
Time: 8:30 a.m. for a 20 minute presentation
For the second year in a row, youth and their families can explore how science can be applied to the sport of baseball and participate in numerous other activities during 4-H Science Day with the Lugnuts. Those with 4-H tickets will view a pitching demonstration by a Lugnuts player and pitching coach Vince Horsman, meet with the head groundskeeper to learn what it takes to maintain a baseball field, learn about food safety and preparation, and take advantage of children’s inflatables and science demonstrations around the stadium.
Three youth members recently joined the Michigan 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees.
Katelyn Walters, of Burr Oak, was elected to a two-year term as a Michigan 4-H Foundation trustee in January.