National Youth Science Day Experiment
The Extension Educators taught the NYSD experiment to all of the 5th and 6th grade students in the Switzerland County School Corporation. The experiment was developed around the S.T.E.M. concept of motion. Participants in the program were able to test their theories on acceleration, energy, and motion. The students also received a very important and timely lesson on distracted driving by attempting to catch a ruler between their fingers while being distracted by a cell phone.
Hand Washing for Good Health
In partnership with the Switzerland County YMCA the Extension Educators presented a hand washing program to the head start classroom. Peg Ehlers and Kyle Weaver instructed the students in proper hand washing techniques and why it is important to remove germs. The students were able to practice these techniques by applying glitter bug lotion to their hands. After application the students were asked to wash their hand thoroughly. After washing they put their hands under a black light to see how much of the lotion or simulated germs remained.
Animal Science Career Exploration
The Extension Office developed an animal science career exploration day for 4-H members interested in working with animals. The event was held at the Cincinnati Zoo. The members were given a behind the scenes tour of several of the animal exhibits by the zookeepers. The zookeepers spoke about animal husbandry, animal welfare, animal nutrition, exotic animals, and careers in animal science.