Nutrition in the Classroom
4-H National Youth Science Experiment
The 4-H National Youth Science Day (NYSD) is an exciting, interactive learning experience that engages thousands of youth across the country in conducting the National Science Experiment. The 2022 4-H NYSD will be released later this year. If you are interested in having this year’s experiment at a 4-H Club meeting or in your classroom, please contact Julie Tritz, 4-H and Family Extension at 304-272-6839.
Experts credit technological innovation with almost half of U.S. economic growth over the past 50 years, and nearly all of the 30 fastest-growing occupations in the next decade will require at least some background in STEM. But, America is falling behind. Today, the United States ranks 27th among developed nations with college students receiving science or engineering degrees. Only one percent of fourth-graders, two percent of eighth-graders and one percent of high school seniors are deemed “advanced” in science. Only 45 percent of U.S. high school graduates in 2011 were ready for college work in math and 30 percent were ready in science.
The Reality Store is an Extension-supported curriculum that is a financial simulation for youth middle school aged and higher. This program involves giving each student a career (ex. farmer, plumber, accountant, lawyer) and a marital status (ex. single, married with one child, two children or three children). Each student is then given enough money for one month’s worth of wages (before taxes) and asked to visit 18 stations and make financial decisions based on their monthly income. These stations include firstly, taxes (station called Uncle Sam) and then move onto such stations as housing, transportation, entertainment, etc where they make critical decisions based on their income.
The program is offered in every middle school in the county. If you are interested
in learning more about this program or how you can offer it at your school, please
contact Julie Tritz, Extension Agent at
Google's Computer Science (CS) First Program
Computer Science Programs Continue in Wayne County
Computer Science (CS) First Google program is going well with Genoa Elementary
4th and 5th grade classes - today they completed the fifth (out of eight) lesson
of the program! The CS Program also continues at Dunlow Elementary, Fort Gay Pre
K-8, Prichard Elementary and Buffalo Middle.
Google Program Comes to Wayne County
Last year Google awarded $1.5 million to 4-H programs in 22 states, including West Virginia, to help young people learn more about this exciting field. Google’s “4-H Computer Science Career Pathway” program allows youth to learn technical skills such as coding and programming. This 8-week program is being offered at Dunlow Elementary, Genoa Elementary, Fort Gay PreK-8, Prichard Elementary, and Buffalo Middle School this spring. To learn more about this program, please contact our office at 304-272-6839.