From Youths to Sleuths: 4-H Rutgerscience Saturday Introduces STEM Concepts Using Spy Technology

sciencesat_spy3On March 29, the Rutgers 4-H Youth Development Program sponsored a Rutgerscience Saturday event for 51 youths across New Jersey, from grades 5-9. Participants practiced listening like a spy using laser technology, embedding messages in images and learning how to use surveillance technology.

Rutgers University graduate student Swapnil Mhaske showed a group of “spies-in-training” how to eavesdrop using a laser beam. Mhaske, whose research interests are in the area of wireless communications and information theory, spent over a month preparing to teach the students about his field of information technology. [Read more...]

Mercer 4-H Member Speaks at USDA Borlaug Symposium

Renee Stillwell with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack at the Borlaug Symposium

Renee Stillwell, Mercer County 4-H member, with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack at the 2014 Borlaug Symposium

Renee Stillwell, Mercer County 4-H member, was invited by the Office of the Secretary of Agriculture to be one of a handful of youth to speak at the USDA symposium commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the birth of plant biologist and humanitarian Norman Borlaug, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 for a lifetime of work to feed a hungry world. [Read more...]

National Volunteer Week April 6-13: Rutgers 4-H Salutes NJ Volunteers

4-H picEach year, thousands of volunteers in New Jersey donate their time and energy to make their communities a better place to live. These volunteers will be among the millions across the country who will be spotlighted during National Volunteer Week, April 6-13, 2014.

One group that relies heavily on volunteers is the New Jersey 4-H Youth Development Program. There are nearly 2,400 adult volunteers who have served as club leaders, project leaders, resource leaders and judges throughout New Jersey over the past year. [Read more...]

NJ 4-H’ers Engage in Agricultural Science Innovation at National Youth Agri-Science Summit

4-H'ers learn from a hands-on activity at the National Youth Agri-Science Summit.

4-H’ers learn from a hands-on activity at the 2014 National Youth Agri-Science Summit in MD.

Fifteen New Jersey 4-H members from Burlington, Cumberland and Mercer counties joined youth and adult teams from across the U.S. at the National Youth Agri-Science Summit, January 16-20 at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland. The high school students learned about agricultural science and technologies through a variety of hands-on activities, projects, field trips and speakers.

Chad Ripberger, 4-H agent for Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) of Mercer County, was the program lead for the design and implementation of the summit, which brought together  facilitators and professionals from multiple institutions, including USDA Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, University of Maryland (research greenhouses and Animal Science Department), Rutgers, American Farm Bureau, several national commodity groups, regional agribusinesses and the program sponsor, Merck Animal Health.

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Working for work: Trade skills not money

Forget cash. Forget banks that take a bite out of your dollars every time you head to an ATM machine. What about helping each other, getting something in return? No money needed. So it is with time banks and hour exchanges…Julie Fagan, a Rutgers University professor, recently launched time banks in several states, including Pennsylvania, she said. One is Monroe County PA Strong, a time bank anyone from the area can join. Members will help other members by using their skills, bank their hours and get services in return based on how many hours they invest. "It’s a sharing of talents and skills. We don’t place monetary value on services. Every man is created equal," she said. "Someone can pull weeds or give an elderly person a ride to a doctor’s appointment. The hard part is figuring out what you want to receive in return. It requires reciprocity to work. You have to be able to accept a gift in return."

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