National Youth Science Day: Eco-Bot Challenge

On October 10, 2012, millions of young people across the nation became scientists for the day during the fifth annual 4-H National Youth Science Day (NYSD). NYSD is the premier event for 4-H science programming, bringing together youth, volunteers and educators from across the nation to simultaneously complete a national science experiment.

In this year's experiment, the 4-H Eco-Bot Challenge, youth enhanced 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. Youth will then test the interaction between the Eco-Bot’s environmental engineering design features and various control surface configurations to determine the most effective environmental clean-up solution for a simulated toxic spill.

As part of 4-H NYSD, 6thgrade youth from Mrs. Juni’s Class at Grinnell Middle School participated in the 4-H Eco-Bot Challenge: the 2012 National Science Experiment, which demonstrated that utilizing engineering principles, youth can have a positive impact on communities and ecosystems.  In addition to the support of the Poweshiek County Extension staff, representatives from Donaldson Company also gave a presentation on the practical application of science and engineering throughout their company.    This program would not have been possible without the national and local support of Donaldson Companies.

In 4-H, young people are taught the skills they need to become the nation’s future leaders. Consequently, it is important for youth to understand the challenges faced by the global community, and the opportunities to make a positive impact on communities and ecosystems.

By connecting important scientific lessons to civic engagement, 4-H youth become a living, breathing, culture-changing movement for doing the right thing, breaking through obstacles and pushing the country forward to successfully face the challenges of the future.

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