Enriching the Student's Educational Experience Through 4-H

Posted: April 20, 2011

“Learn by doing” has always been the 4-H motto and that’s exactly how over 1,100 Westmoreland students studied Embryology and Physics through the 4-H School Enrichment projects in the 2010-2011 school year. The curriculum is adjusted to fit the needs of a wide age range.

From second grade all the way to eighth grade students learn to understand all the intricacies of the development of embryos through the chicken, quail or pheasant eggs. They go on to assist with incubator management; keeping a watchful eye on temperature, humidity and ventilation as well as turning eggs several times a day. Their role is to become the “mom." Important life lessons are also learned as chicks struggle to break free of their temporary “confinement” or shell. Once out of the shell, careful care is administered to the young fowl to ensure they grow up to become healthy adult birds.

Through the 4-H Rockets Away project students put into practice Newton’s Three Laws by designing, building and launching water bottle rockets. They learn that the parts of their rockets can be compared to the ones launched by NASA. Newton’s Third Law, “for everything action there is an opposite and equal reaction," is demonstrated as the students inject pressurized air into their rockets to send them high into the sky.

These and other 4-H projects easily fit into the Science curriculum and enrich the educational experience of school students. If interested in getting these or other projects in your student’s school, call Johanna Sheppard, 4-H Program Assistant, at 724.837.1402.