Donald Schaffner, Department of Food Science
Jenna Miller, 2016 4-H New Jersey Equestrian of the Year
Annual 4-H Summer Science Program was held July 11-15 on the Cook Campus
Over sixty high school students from Elizabeth, Newark, New Brunswick, Passaic, Paterson, Trenton, Rahway and Atlantic City participated in hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) activities alongside Rutgers faculty at the 8th annual 4-H Summer Science Program on the Rutgers-New Brunswick campus.
“The students spent a week with Rutgers scientists–touring their labs, learning about their research, and how their scientific inquiry is relevant to our daily lives,” said Chad Ripberger, Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) 4-H agent, Mercer County. And because the students were living on campus, they also got a taste of university life.
One of Central Jersey’s largest events, the Middlesex County Fair, promises fun, farm and animal flair as the venture gets ready to start its 78th year in "business."… Celebrating 250 years of Rutgers: The Middlesex County Fair is one of several county fairs celebrating Rutgers’ 250th anniversary with special interactive displays designed to bring attendees closer to the revolutionary history of its state university. For generations, Rutgers has been a vital partner in the Garden State’s county fair tradition through Rutgers Cooperative Extension and its 4-H Youth Development Program. To honor the milestone anniversary, all of the state’s county fairs will feature the theme, "Rutgers. Revolutionary for 250 Years." Fairgoers will have the chance to be a part of history under a special tent that recreates the Nov. 10, 1766 signing of the charter that launched Queens College, the precursor to Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Interactive cut-out figures for photo opportunities and "Rutgers 250" plant breeding products are also new this year.
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This spring, the Seeds to Salads program run by the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Somerset County reaped in giant salads which fed more than 300 children, teachers, and Master Gardener volunteers. Volunteers in the program worked with third-graders at Whiton Elementary School in Branchburg, and with second-, third- and fourth-graders at Pine Grove Manor Elementary School in Franklin Township.
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The best way to teach science is hands on, right? That’s the conventional way, but the polar regions and the obstacle of over 9,000 miles between cutting-edge polar science and the scientists, teachers and students who could benefit from this interaction demand another way.
In June, Rutgers University departments of Marine and Coastal Sciences and 4-H Youth Development kicked off a unique Science Investigations (Sci-I) project, a four-day workshop for 21 educators in New Jersey and California who participated first-hand in an open-ended polar science investigation. The response was enthusiastic.
“The best part of this project is that it will help me bring real world experiences into my classroom and will support me thinking about how to teach authentic science,” said Matthew Fichter of Cranford Middle School, New Jersey.
Through hands-on activities, group discussions, scientist panels and field trips the teachers explored the data to make sense of it and to develop questions and hypothesis that were testable and finally to communicate their initial results.
Three Somerset County 4-H members will travel to the nation’s capital to represent New Jersey at the 2016 Citizenship Washington Focus (CWF) Conference… "The conference provides opportunities for young people to identify individual citizenship rights and responsibilities; identify issues facing youth and explore causes and possible solutions; establish communication with law makers; witness government in action; and develop a personal citizenship action plan" said Lisa Rothenburger, Somerset County 4-H Agent.
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It’s spring harvest time at the Ethel A. Jacobsen Elementary School garden in Surf City. Last week Joanne Kinsey, Family and Community Health Sciences educator at the Cooperative Extension of Ocean and Atlantic Counties, Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, joined the school’s first-graders and teachers Sarah Esarey and Kelly Turner to harvest garlic scapes – for eating and for learning… After experiencing the outdoor classroom firsthand, Kinsey remarked, "The kids were fantastic and really enjoyed working in the garden and tasting the garlic scape pasta. I totally enjoyed the entire experience, the pasta was delicious, and I hope to be invited back again."
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The Lindley G. Cook 4-H Camp held its Spring Family Weekend on May 20-22, giving summer campers (and their parents who wish they could be summer campers) an opportunity to spend a weekend together having fun. “One of the goals of this weekend is to provide the opportunity for brand new families to get introduced to what we do here at 4-H Camp,” said Ben Clawson, program director of the camp. “Many of our new families who attend the weekend have younger children, so it’s a great way to start a child on camp.” It’s a taste of summer camp for the whole family: campers get to live in the cabins, enjoy summer programs run by the summer staff, eat some great meals and most of all spend some quality time relaxing around the lake at the 4-H facility in Stokes State Forest.
Educating students in the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) has become a focus of schools across the country. This is mainly due to the need for a well-prepared future workforce, as the growth of STEM-related jobs from 2000 – 2010 rose at a rate three times faster than non-STEM-related employment. Many educators conduct instruction targeted in the STEM areas to fulfill this need, but through the use of the same conventional model in education: lecture, memorize, and test. For years, educators have discussed and attempted to address STEM in the context of real-world, applied science. In trying to implement a hands-on approach to learning, educators continue to face challenges: a lack of learning opportunities and limited funds to allow for project-based learning. These factors hinder the ability of educators and youth to put their new understanding of STEM to effective use. Ocean County’s 4-H and environmental resource agents are collaborating to meet the challenges of teaching students the STEM disciplines in new and innovative ways. This partnership has resulted in the creation of two programs: the Water Engineers Program and Growing with Vertical Gardens Program. [Read more…]