4-H Youth Engineer Environmental Robotic Solutions on 4-H National Youth Science Day

Monday, October 8, 2012

On Oct. 10. 2012, millions of young people across the Nation will become scientists for the day during the fifth annual 4-H National Youth Science Day (NYSD), and 16 schools sponsored by the 1890 Research and Extension Program at SC State University will participate. The schools are: Honea Path Middle School (Anderson County); Burke Middle High School, Charleston Development Academy, Mitchell Math and Science (Charleston County); Estill Middle School, Fairfax Elementary School, Hampton Elementary School, Hendersonville Elementary School, Colleton County Middle School (Hampton County);  AMI Kids-Bennettsville, Latta Middle School, Palmetto Middle School, Williams Middle School (Marlboro County); Felton Laboratory School, Bethune-Bowman Middle School (Orangeburg County); and Williamsburg Academy Magnet School of the Arts, J. Paul Truluck Middle School, Ronald E. McNair Middle School  (Williamsburg County). Theywill take part in this annual event that seeks to spark an early interest in science and future science careers, and to reclaim the Nation's position of leadership in scientific exploration. As part of 4-H NYSD, youth will participate in the 4-H Eco-Bot Challenge: the 2012National Science Experiment. 

Designed by The Ohio State University Extension, this year's experiment will introduce youth to robotic engineering concepts as they program a robot to clean up a simulated environmental spill. The 4-H Eco-Bot Challenge will demonstrate that by utilizing engineering principles, youth can have a positive impact on communities and ecosystems. 

4-H'ers will enhance their engineering skills by assembling their own Eco-Bots and surface controls to manage an environmental clean-up. Youth will then test the interaction between the Eco-Bot's design features and various surface control configurations to determine the most effective clean-up solution for the simulated spill. 

“It is important for students to be exposed to science, technology, engineering, and math in a way that is engaging, educational, and enlightening,” said Delbert T. Foster, SC State University 1890 extension administrator and 4-H National Board of Directors Member. 4-H’s National Science Day is just one opportunity that we are using to foster students interest in the STEM discipline that is exciting, fun, but hopefully impactful, as we build the next generation of scientists, engineers and mathematicians."
Media are encouraged to cover and report on National Youth Science Day, and can contact Ashley Elliott, SC State University’s Office of University Relations and Marketing at aelliott@scsu.edu or (803) 533-3802 for more information. 

About 4-H National Youth Science Day
For more than 100 years, 4-H has been at the forefront of teaching youth about science, engineering and technology. Created to combat a shortage of American young people pursuing science college majors and careers, 4-H National Youth Science Day seeks to spark an early youth interest and leadership in science. 

Currently, more than five million young people across the nation participate in 4-H science, engineering and technology programming in topics as varied as robotics, rocketry, wind power, GPS mapping, agricultural science, film making, water quality and biofuels. And, through the One Million New Scientists, One Million New Ideas campaign, 4-H has undertaken a bold goal of engaging one million additional young people in science, engineering and technology programming by 2013.  

This year's 4-H National Youth Science Day is jointly sponsored Lockheed Martin, Toyota, Donaldson Filtration Solutions, Motorola, Walmart and John Deere.