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4-H Tech Tuesdays


Explore the world of robotics, computers, rockets, and Maker with 4-H! Tech Tuesdays is a rotating schedule of Robotics Club, Computer Science Club, and Rocket Club – on Tuesdays! Well, most of the time anyway.

Once a quarter or so, we’ll have a “Maker” Tuesday, where 4-H’ers can use various materials and methods to create something from their imagination and engineering skills. The Tech Tuesday clubs will meet at the Lauderdale Extension/4-H Office except for special events and service opportunities.

Tech Tuesdays – Robotics

  • Robotics I (1st or 2nd year) 4:00 – 6:00 pm
  • Robotics II (3+ years) 6:00 – 8:00 pm

September 19 (rescheduled due to weather on 9/12), October 7 (Saturday – volunteer at BEST event), October 10, November 14, January 9, February 13, March 6

February 24 – participate in UNA Robotics event

March 8 – showcase projects at regional STEM event

April 26 – showcase projects at County Round-Up

What kind of fun robot project will the 4-H’ers build and program at Robotics Club next? Will it be drag car races? crazy lawnmowers? an obstacle course challenge? Join us as we learn more about programming and engineering using Lego Mindstorm NXT and EV3 Robot kits. Members also work on projects preparing for a Regional STEM competition in March 2018.

Tech Tuesdays – Computer Science, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

September 19 (will coincide with Robotics because of weather change), September 23 (Saturday, volunteer at N. AL Fair)October 17, December  4 (Monday – Hour of Code event)January 16, February 20

March 8 – showcase projects at regional STEM event

April 26 – showcase projects at County Round-Up

Computer science gives youth a foundation of creativity, problem solving, and computer skills. Our new Computer Science Club is sponsored by Google – yes! Google! – and will explore the principals of computer programming through both “unplugged” activities and online activities from CS First and using MIT’s Scratch software.  The fun will have a different theme each month… animation, art, fashion, friends, gaming, music, sports… members can join any time!

Tech Tuesdays – Rockets (7th grade and up), times to be scheduled

October 17, 6:00 pm – organizational meeting, registration paperwork, UNA forms

November 4 – first UNA workshop (time to be announced)

November 28, January 23, February 27, March 6

March 8 – showcase projects at 4-H regional STEM event

March – compete in UNA competition (schedule to be announced by UNA)

April 26 – showcase projects at County Round-Up

Participants will explore their interest in the science behind rocket flight, then use that knowledge to design and build a model rocket – without using a kit! What size body tube? What shape fins, and how many?  How will the payload return to Earth safely? The group project will be entered in UNA’s Rocketry Challenge. Members must join at the first meeting to participate in the program.

Tech Tuesdays – Maker Fun, 4:00 – 6:00 pm

February 6, April 10

March 8 – help with Maker exhibit at 4-H regional STEM event

April 26 – showcase projects at County Round-Up

A Maker is someone who makes stuff: robots, crafts, furniture, art, or electronic gadgets. At Tech Tuesday – Maker sessions, participants will figure out how to make or do stuff on their own through creating, building, and sharing.

4-H Livestock Projects

There are many opportunities for youth to learn about animals and to explore different types of livestock with the 4-H Animal Science programs. There are also many great reasons to be a part of livestock clubs! These clubs and programs help build self-confidence, teamwork, leadership skills, and more!  Several of the projects are short-term and can be done with a large yard!  You can do Quizbowl, Skill-A-Thon, and Judging; without even owning animals. Livestock projects are open to youth ages 9 – 18. Participants must enroll in 4-H. For more information about any of these projects: Contact the Lauderdale County 4-H Office (256-766-6223)

Heifer Showhttp://offices.aces.edu/lauderdale/4-h-heifer-show/

Alabama National Fairhttps://alnationalfair.org/livestock/

Junior Beef ExpoJrBeefExpo.com  (validation & registration due November 1)

beef it up logo, market steer project

Beef It Up!

Participants raise a steer of their choosing, then bring the steer to a show. The steer can be shown on a halter or in a pen. Registration is due by November 1, 2017. 

Project requirements:

  • Enroll youth in 4-H through 4HOnline, select Beef It Up! Club
  • Register steer(s) at validation site in your area (Cullman County on October 14 is the closest for us!)
  • Record keeping
  • Poster presentation
  • Enter steer in state show

Beef It Up! State Show – Regional workshops will be offered to help members prepare for the state show, which is April 7, 2018, in Autaugaville.

Full project guidelines: http://offices.aces.edu/lauderdale/wp-content/uploads/sites/98/2017/02/Beef-It-Up-rules.pdf 

pig squeal logo

Pig Squeal

The 4-H Pig Squeal Project teaches young people recommended management practices for growing and raising swine:

swine management, healthy hogs, business management, record keeping, pride of accomplishment

Important project dates:

  • October 30, 6p – project kickoff meeting
  • November 17 – registration and program fee due
  • November 27, 6p – project training (required to receive pigs)
  • January 13 – pick up pigs at Lauderdale 4-H Barn
  • February – schedule a home visit with your 4-H agent
  • March 3 – showmanship clinic at the Fairgrounds (Muscle Shoals)
  • April 28  – NW Alabama 4-H Pig Squeal show and auction

Full program guidelines and registration form:  http://offices.aces.edu/lauderdale/wp-content/uploads/sites/98/2017/02/Pig-Squeal-guidelines-2017-18.pub_.pdf 

Chick Chain

With Chick Chain, 4-H’ers will receive 10 birds to raise through the summer. Participants bring 2 to the show and auction and keep the rest.

Project requirements:

  • Attend project meetings
  • Record keeping
  • Chick Chain show

Project timeline: 

  • Monday, February 26, 2018 – project meeting, 6p, Lauderdale 4-H/Extension Office
  • Monday, March 19, 2018 – project training, 6p (location to be announced)
  • Thursday, April 5 – project meeting and chick delivery (alternate date, April 6; based on delivery)
  • Tuesday, May 8 – project meeting
  • Summer – home visits
  • June 25-29 – State Poultry Events
  • Saturday, August 18, 2018 – project training: showmanship
  • September – show, and auction

Market Lamb

The 4-H Market Lamb project is designed to teach 4-H members recommended management practices for growing and raising beef. Your participation in the 4-H Market Lamb project will help you:

  • Develop sheep management skills
  • Learn to produce a healthy finished lamb product
  • Develop an awareness for business management
  • Develop record keeping skills
  • Realize the pride of accomplishment

NOTE: This project is a stand-alone Lamb project; not connected with the previously established Alabama Show Lamb Project.

How the Market Lamb project works:

  1. Participants must enroll in 4-H and pay a program fee.
  2.  In early May 2018, youth will receive one market wether, approximately 2 months old. The lamb will come from a reputable farm and will be properly vaccinated.  Participants will care for this lamb for approximately 5-6 months.
  3.  Lambs will be selected by the participant through a random drawing on delivery day.
  4.  Each participant will be required to schedule a home visit with his or her Extension Agent(s) during the project.
  5.  At the end of the project (around September), participants will bring the lamb to the Alabama 4-H Market Lamb Show. Lambs will be shown by weight on the day of the show.
  6.  Average Daily Gain will be calculated using the animal’s weight at delivery compared to the weight at show weigh-in.
  7.  Record books will be an integral part of this project. Completed record book and a knowledge test will be a significant portion of the youth’s overall showmanship score at the Alabama 4-H Market Lamb Show.

 

 

Livestock Judging

Livestock judging is developing evaluation and decision-making skills using animals and animal products as tools. For Skillathon and Quizbowl, participants showcase knowledge through a team activity and through solving and analyzing real-world livestock issues. The fun includes…

  • Learning the parts and purpose of livestock (cattle, lamb, swine, goat)
  • Developing your public speaking strategies and skills
  • Build analysis and organizational skills

Some regional workshops will be offered, but most project work is done on your own.

 

Aim High with our S.A.F.E. Clubs

looking at archery target from behind the shooter

The 4-H S.A.F.E. (Shooting Awareness Fun Education) programs build great character, self-confidence, and self-discipline while developing marksmanship skills. Lauderdale County 4-H offers four shooting sports clubs: air rifle/BB, archery, rifle, and shotgun.

Alabama 4-H S.A.F.E. logo

2017 – 2018 Club dates and important information: 

Archery: Saturdays, 10a – June 17, July 22, September 16, October 21, November 4, December 16. Learn and practice archery safety and skills using a compound or recurve bow. Bring your own bow, at least 6 arrows, and an arm guard; wear closed-toe shoes. A finger glove is required for archers that do not shoot with a release. New to the sport or don’t have your own equipment? 4-H has some Genesis bows, arrows, finger guards, and arm guards that you can use (provided through a grant from NW AL RC&D). Meets at the Muscle Shoals Skeet & Trap Club off of CR 47 between St. Florian and Greenhill (directions below). State Competition: April 28, Alabama 4-H Center

Shotgun: Saturdays, 9a – June 17, July 22, September 16, October 21, November 4, December 16. Learn firearm safety & responsibility with the shotgun sports of skeet & trap. Participants need to bring a .12 or .20 gauge shotgun, target load ammo (at least 2 boxes of 25), safety glasses or sunglasses and hearing protection. The cost is $4 per round and is paid directly to the shooting club. Please bring cash and correct change! Meets at the Muscle Shoals Skeet & Trap Club off of CR 47 between St. Florian and Greenhill (directions below).  State Competition: April 13-14, Childersburg

Air Rifle and BB Club: Mondays, 5p – 7p, October 16, November 13, January 22, February 19, March 12. Learn firearm safety while enjoying outdoor target practice. We have all of the equipment that you need. You may bring your own air rifle or BB gun; it MUST be unloaded with the safety “on” when you carry it in the building. The club meets in the barn at the Lauderdale County 4-H office. State Competition: March 18, Anniston

For more on 4-H S.A.F.E. programs in Alabama, go to http://www.aces.edu/4-H-youth/AL4-H/resources/nature/recreation/safe/index.php  or call the Lauderdale County 4-H Office (256-766-6223).


Directions:

Muscle Shoals Skeet & Trap Club: (from Florence) take County Road 47 through St. Florian and over Happy Hollow Bridge. Turn left onto County Rd. 353 at Greenhill Steel. At the end of the road, turn left. The club is the first driveway on the left after the curve.

Lauderdale County Extension (4-H Office): 802 Veterans Drive, Florence; in front of the Florence-Lauderdale Coliseum