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Mississippi 4-H marks national science event
MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Mississippi’s 4-H program will take part in the organization’s first National Youth Science Day on Oct. 11 at the Mississippi Trade Mart during the State Fair in Jackson.
Mississippi’s 4-H members, youth organizations and parents will participate in 4-H’s National Science Experiment, which uses science principles to focus on the importance of water conservation. Participants will gather for 4-H Day at the State Fair and examine the properties of water-absorbing polymers, which are long chains of molecules that can be used in agriculture, erosion control, soil management and environmental clean-ups.
The event’s goal is to involve 1 million new youth nationally in 4-H science, engineering and technology programs by 2013.
“These sorts of initiatives help spark young people’s interest in science and may inspire them to explore scientific careers,” said Sheran Watkins, Harrison County 4-H youth agent. “The knowledge they gain also will help them make a real difference in their own communities.”
Susan Holder, state 4-H leader, said the hands-on project was created by nationally recognized scientists.
“The project has practical benefits that will help teach youth about the environment while making science fun at the same time,” Holder said. “By taking part in this national experiment, youth will understand more about superabsorbent polymers and their uses in landscaping, crops and plants in general. They also will see how polymers relate to groundwater issues and water conservation in their communities.”
For more information on how to become involved in 4-H or the National Science Day, contact the local county Extension office.
Contact: Sheran Watkins, (228) 865-4227