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WVU Extension Service 4-H Tech Takeover Day gets $10,000 boost

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Thanks to a $10,000 donation, West Virginia University Extension Service’s 4-H program will be given an additional boost during a HughesNet Tech Takeover Day. 

The event at, WVU Jackson’s Mill July 8, will allow hundreds of 4-H’ers the opportunity to participate in activities that educate them about science topics and also teach life skills such as leadership and teamwork. The funding, courtesy of HughesNet, provides increased science, technology, engineering and math related activities and curriculum during two weeks of Alpha I and Alpha II 4-H Camps. 

July 8 serves as the official day of recognition of the sponsorship. 

“The use of STEM education in camp curriculum can impact youths beyond a day or week of learning," said WVU Extension Service STEM Specialist Jen Robertson-Honecker. "A camper’s spark of interest in science or math at camp can continue into college, which leads to science and math majors and career paths. 

“Giving them the opportunity to experience science firsthand is sometimes all it takes to change their whole perception.” 

Throughout the day, campers will participate in hands-on activities in aerial robotics and engineering design. There will also be opportunities to fly unmanned drones that take aerial pictures of the WVU Jackson’s Mill campus and learning about how robots are designed and programmed. Underwater robotics competitions and chemistry-related activities, like measuring pH and dissolved oxygen content in local streams and ponds and plotting the data using Google Earth, are additional opportunities participants can take advantage of. 

“Our 4-H camp activities are very relevant to many popular, emerging tech areas like ‘green’ technologies and innovative, engineering design found in solar-powered cars and in the aerospace industry,” said Robertson-Honecker. “The increased funding for STEM related activities and learning allows youths to get a firsthand look at new technology and learn how it works by way of a fun, educational camp environment.” 

HughesNet and the National 4-H Council decided to offer Tech Takeover Day in order to afford youth the opportunity to become involved and inspired by science and is a the result of a national voting contest in which current 4-H’ers and 4-H alumni voted for West Virginia’s 4-H program to be awarded funding for the Tech Takeover Day. 

“We have a lot of fun, science related activities and educational sessions planned for week-long 4-H camps, and for the day of the event,” remarked Robertson-Honecker. 

In addition to providing Tech Takeover Days across the country, the partnership between HughesNet and the National 4-H Council also supports science education at a variety of local and national events. The joint sponsorship has a focus on small towns and communities where STEM related education and resources are limited.