4-H offers something for everyone

March 17, 2004

4-H projects and demonstrations are a perfect example of putting to work the "learn by doing" concept that is at the foundation of our Kentucky 4-H/Youth Development Program.

Several hundred projects are available: So there's something available for 4-H members of all ages and interest to learn by doing. Project work helps members develop inquiring minds and an eagerness to learn, as well as build on practical skills and competencies. Many project books and leaders' guides are developed by extension educators specializing in specific subject matter areas.

Youths are eager to participate and learn because project work is both educational and fun. Some projects have several units, so 4-H members can advance in areas of personal interest.

Project work experiences enable youths to develop and improve such life skills as time management, teamwork and communications. These experiences help 4-H'ers develop life skills, including mastering technology, leadership and career exploration, that are helpful throughout their lives.


Experiences with 4-H projects also reinforce what members have learned in school, such as learning to read and following directions.

For example, 4-H'ers use fractions in foods projects and measure in woodworking. They keep records as part of project work, which improves writing skills and summarizing and communication what they have learned. In addition, 4-H members learn to collect important information and make a decision by using a standard to select a beef calf. The computer project gives members hands-on experience in all phases of operating a computer and related skills, including processing and visualizing information and planning and organizing.

Youths also can take part in community service learning projects, based on local needs. These projects give 4-H members opportunities to make improvements in their own communities, often building on past successes.



In addition, many 4-H'ers take part in project demonstrations. These educational tools help members complete project work and reinforce what they've learned in the projects. Thus, members gain practical experience organizing and communicating information to share with and teach others.

Project demonstrations also enable 4-H members to improve their social skills.

Junior project demonstrations for members 9 to 13 years old take place at the county and area levels. The senior project demonstrations also occur at the county and area levels. These demonstrations are for 4-H members 14-19 years old.

Project demonstrations include agricultural engineering, agricultural sciences, small and large animal sciences, breads, clothing, computer, creative crafts and dairy foods. Other topics are electric, general health, home environment and management, horticulture, other foods, photography/video photography, safety, small engines and shooting sports.

If you're interested in doing a demonstration, the Boyle County contest will be held 6:30 p.m. March 29 at the Boyle County Extension Office. You need to pre-register by calling the extension office by March 26. Project workbooks on giving a demonstration are available at the extension office.

For more information on fun educational experiences available through 4-H, contact the Boyle County Extension Office.

Upcoming Events

n Goat Club Meeting - 7 p.m. Monday, extension office.

n Livestock Sale Committee Meeting - 7 p.m. March 24, extension office.

n Livestock Judging Practice - 6:30 p.m. March 25, extension office.

n KUIP Tagging for Market Steers - 1:30-5 p.m. March 28, Boyle County Fairgrounds.

n Demonstration Contest - 6:30 p.m. March 29, extension office basement. Must pre-register by March 26.


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