As project manager for this annual national campaign to promote youth science engagement, I had the opportunity to execute youth and adult-friendly deliverables, including videos, an interactive website, learning resources, and marketing/PR materials. Thanks to $300,000 budget from donors including Wal-Mart, Toyota, Lockheed Martin, John Deere, ACH Foods, our efforts produced more than 320 million media impressions.
As part of the 2012 National Science Experiment, 4-H Eco-Bot Challenge, youth will enhance their engineering skills by learning to think like a robotics engineer, assembling their own robots, also known as Eco-bots, and control surfaces in order to manage an environmental clean-up. Developed by The Ohio State University, this experiment invites youth to test the interaction between the Eco-Bot’s environmental engineering design features and various control surface configurations.
The 2011 National Science Experiment, Wired for Wind, explores how to engineer renewable energy technologies, and the positive impact that they can have in communities across the country and the world. Developed by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension program, this experiment engages young people in design, build out and testing of two different wind turbine models.
The 2010 National Science Experiment – 4-H20 – is designed to engage youth around the country in asking the question: Why is water quality important and why is it important to understand it now? In this experiment, youth will participate in a live demonstration of how carbon dioxide builds up in the atmosphere.