4-H Public Presentation Night is Full of Surprises

The annual 4-H Public Presentation Night is always full of surprises, and this year the rich imagination of Union County youth was on full display. The topics, all hand-picked by 4-H members in first-grade through high school, ran the gamut from fish tanks and manga to optical illusions, dog rescue, penguins, and the Founding Fathers… In its present form, 4-H covers a range of contemporary topics while helping students develop important community and life skills represented by the four H’s- Head, Heart, Hands and Health… Union County 4-H is run by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County, supported in part by the Freeholder Board. Union County 4-H clubs are open to students in grades 1-12 and cover many popular subjects including archery, Lego robotics, pet care and more.

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Barbara O’Neill Wins Two Personal Finance Awards and is Honored During Teacher Appreciation Week May 4–8

Barbara O'Neill

Barbara O’Neill

In honor of National Teacher Appreciation Week (May 4–8) and National Teacher Day (May 5), Barbara O’Neill, Rutgers Cooperative Extension Specialist in Financial Resource Management, was featured by Next Gen Personal Finance, an educational non-profit striving to improve financial literacy.

O’Neill recently won two awards in Next Gen Personal Finance’s First Annual Financial Literacy Month Contest. She was one of five winners in the “Best Personal Finance Resource” College category where she had her students analyze the popular TV series Shark Tank as a tool to teach them about entrepreneurship.

She also won in the “Best Personal Finance Activity” category, which featured original activities that were creative, taught key personal finance skills and provided supporting resources for educators to easily implement the activities in the classroom.

 

From Fish to Founding Fathers, Union County 4-Her’s Speak Their Mind

The annual 4-H Public Presentation Night is always full of surprises, and this year the rich imagination of Union County youth was on full display. The topics, all hand-picked by 4-H members in first grade through high school, ran the gamut from fish tanks and manga to optical illusions, dog rescue, penguins, and the Founding Fathers… Presentation Night is the culmination of an intensive project for the 4-H club members. They each pick a topic of their choice, research it, create a public speech, and rehearse it for their families and 4-H clubs before taking the stage and presenting to a live audience… Union County 4-H is run by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County, supported in part by the Freeholder Board. Union County 4-H clubs are open to students in grades one-12 and cover many popular subjects including archery, Lego robotics, pet care, and more.

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Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream and Scarlet Strawberries Were Among Attractions at Rutgers Day 2015

Rutgers Oceanography Club members at the Ag Field Day 2015 "What the Duck" booth where prizes were given for correct answers to marine trivia questions.

Rutgers Oceanography Club members at the Ag Field Day 2015 “What the Duck” booth where prizes were given for correct answers to marine trivia questions.

Ag Field Day, as it’s traditionally been known on the George H. Cook Campus, was a fun-filled event along with the other Rutgers Day activities for 2015. Read more at Rutgers Today.

New Jersey Aquaculture Innovation Center Plays Important Role in Oyster Industry [VIDEO]

Oysters are a popular dinner choice near the shore. But before they end up on your plate, and in your stomach, they’re spawned at the New Jersey Aquaculture Innovation Center in Cape May… "Most of the oysters, local oysters that you would buy at a restaurant at any of the Delaware Bay counties, primarily were spawned and started in this facility," said Sean Towers, of Rutgers NJ Aquaculture Innovation Center… The Center, powered by Rutgers University, does more than selling oysters to local farmers. They’re putting an oyster blueprint together, so others can follow… Right now, the emphasis, is oysters. And algae, the oysters’ diet. But once the oyster blueprint is complete, the focus can shift elsewhere.

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