Learn more about farming through the 4-H Summer Fun – Salisbury Post

By Laura Allen
NC Cooperative Expansion

Are you looking for ways to get your children into hands-on learning after school this summer? If so, check out the summer entertainment program offered by Rowan County 4-H! We have 15 personal lessons this summer that will be educational, fun, and accessible. All young people aged 5 to 18 from 1 January (must have completed kindergarten) are invited to attend. Many of these hands-on learning opportunities for young people focus on agriculture and nutrition, while others focus on life skills and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

Registration began on April 7, and until all classes are completed or by May 27, each will open first.

Classes related to agriculture and food include:

  • Let’s garden: June 1, 9 a.m., 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., price $ 15 and June 2, 9 a.m., 5 to 8, $ 15; youngsters spread the plants, plant summer garden seeds, and learn about plant ID. All plants / seeds go home with the participants.
  • Milk 101: June 28, 9-13 p.m., ages 9-13, price $ 10; young people by seeing and tasting different types of dairy products from dairy goats, dairy cows and bathing while learning more about the dairy industry.
  • Teen food: July 13, 9 a.m., 9-13 p.m., $ 10; young people learn about kitchen safety, practice knife-cutting skills (when cutting nutritious fruits and vegetables), learn how to cook interesting recipes, and learn a few outdoor games.
  • The basics of bees: July 19, 9 a.m. – 9-18 years old – $ 10, and August 5, 9 a.m. – $ 10; Young people will learn about the life cycle of bees, their importance in agriculture, how to care for bees, and see real boxes in the Extension office.
  • Horticultural heroes: August 2-4, 1:40 p.m. – K-2 classes – $ 15; Young people study the heroes of the plant world and create beautiful art.

There are other lessons that will focus on life skills and STEM. These include:

  • Robotics Dash & Dot: Two identical sessions available on June 6 and 7 (choose one), from 9:00 a.m. to noon, K-3 classes, cost $ 10; Young people learn the programming of Dash & Dot robots and learn to solve problems while building their imaginations.
  • Robotics: Two identical sessions available June 8 and June 9 (choose one), 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., grades 4-7, cost $ 15; Young people build and learn the basic concepts of programming EV-3 robots.
  • Advanced robotics: June 10, 8-30 a.m. to 1 p.m., grades 4-7, price $ 15; young people who have taken an elementary robotics course can participate in this class to program EV-3 robots for advanced courses.
  • This is electricity: June 17, 9 a.m., 11 to 18 years old – $ 15; young people learn the basics of electricity, wiring, welding, and assembling electrical kits.
  • Sewing time is: June 20-22, 9 a.m., 5-8 years old – $ 15, and June 23-24, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., 9-18 years old – $ 15; Young people will be interested in learning basic hand sewing and sewing with a sewing machine, while with experienced adults they will be paired for more one-on-one attention. At least one sewing project to take home.

To enroll in these classes, you must submit a completed registration form and payment (cash or check issued to CES) to the Rowan Cooperative County Extension Office by May 27th. The forms will be sent and payment will also be accepted if the class is not already filled. Payment must be made at registration. No registration is accepted without payment. You must also register your child by May 27 at v2.4honline.com as a 4HOnline member. Registration forms, rules, and a full list of 4-H summer activities and a description of the summer entertainment can be found here: https://rowan.ces.ncsu.edu/rowan-county-4-h-summer-fun/

We are very excited to have the opportunity to educate young people this summer. For more information on all summer recreation classes, please contact laura_allen@ncsu.edu or call 704-216-8970. All registration and payment forms can be dropped off by the Extension Office or sent to Rowan County 4-H, 2727-A Old Concord Road, Salisbury, NC 28146. We play Mondays-Fridays, from 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Laura H. Allen is a 4-H youth development agent with the extension of Rowan County.

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