Somerset County 4-H members qualify for State 4-H Horse Show

Sixteen 4-H horse club members will represent Somerset County at the New Jersey State 4-H Championship Horse Show, Aug. 22-24, at the Horse Park of New Jersey in Allentown. More than 200 4-H members from throughout New Jersey will gather to compete in the English, Western, Dressage, Driving, Very Small Equine, Challenged Rider and Game Divisions…"The competing 4-H’ers are the best of the best from each county; they have earned the right to participate through county-level qualifying shows." said Carol Ward, County 4-H Agent…The 4-H Youth Development Program is part of Rutgers, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station – Cooperative Extension.

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Rutgers Wraps Up Annual STEM Enrichment Program for Underserved Youth

Participants enjoy the closing luncheon of the sixth annual Rutgers Summer Science Program.

Participants gather before the start of the closing luncheon for this year’s Rutgers Summer Science Program.

The sixth annual Rutgers Summer Science Program, sponsored by Samsung, held its closing luncheon on July 11 at the Neilson Dining Hall on the George H. Cook Campus in New Brunswick, wrapping up a weeklong campus enrichment experience for over 60 high school students, grades 9 to 12, from across New Jersey. This year’s cohort was drawn from Essex, Mercer, Middlesex, Passaic and Union counties.

It’s hard to imagine when you experience this smoothly-run luncheon for the teens and their families, complete with student poster presentation lining the walls of the dining hall that this pre-college residential program for teens from underserved communities across New Jersey did not exist six years ago.

Chad Ripberger, Rutgers 4-H agent from Mercer County, co-founded this program with his colleague Janice McDonnell, 4-H SET agent, creating an active, hands-on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) environment for youth in a campus setting. Following a week of activities, taught by Rutgers faculty and graduate students on a range of topics, the teens return to their local communities as newly-minted Ambassadors, armed with a number of skills that they will pass on to other youths in their home communities. [Read more...]

Education wrapped up in nature’s glory makes learning fun

If the great outdoors represents the world’s largest education facility, then a small swath of land on the grounds of the city’s history weighted Trent House proved an interesting classroom…In between our oohs and ahhs of the aforementioned discovery by Master Gardener Louise Senior, Children’s Home Society day tripping youngsters enjoyed open-aired learning as a part of a 4-H Mercer County Initiative. 

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Thousands flock to Howell for 4-H Fair

A drenched Pat Stanton sat in a dunk tank, waiting for another good arm to send her plunging back into the water for a sixth time. "It’s getting pretty dry up here," she called out to passers-by. The dunk tank belonged to her son’s Infinity Robotics Club and taking pity upon her son’s equally soaked comrades, the Hopewell woman decided to take a couple for the team…The Mercer County 4-H, a youth development program, is part of the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Service, which just entered its 100th year. From kindergarten to recent high school graduates, 4-H members are taught life, leadership and citizenship skills via community clubs, summer camps, school enrichment and other programs.

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Photos: Mercer County 4-H Fair at Howell Living History Farm

The 96th annual Mercer County 4-H Fair kicked off today and continues through tomorrow at the Howell Living History Farm. The fair includes livestock shows and judging, 4-H exhibits, food, hayrides, farm tours and demonstrations, music, children’s crafts and activities.

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