Three Lake County schools have created new science clubs with funding from Cargill Inc. and the National 4-H Council.
More than 100 students are participating in the program, which emphasizes hands-on learning about science, engineering, and technology.
The St. Mary Catholic Community School Cybercats Robotics 4-H Club meets after school at the Crown Point parochial school. Club members develop decision-making and critical thinking skills as they build and program real and virtual robots.
Other Cargill 4-H Science Clubs meet at the Thea Bowman Leadership Academy and the Benjamin Banneker Achievement Center, both in Gary. The clubs enrich the fourth-grade science curriculum with projects ranging from building circuit boards to hatching baby chicks in classroom incubators.
Principal Alethea Fontleroy said the club “has been a wonderful experience for the students and teachers at Thea Bowman. These experiments address the visual, auditory, and tactile learner.”
Because these are Lake County 4-H clubs, members also have the opportunity to participate in activities such as 4-H Camp and can exhibit their work at the Lake County Fair in August. The Cybercats are also preparing for a 4-H robotics competition at the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis.
For more information about 4-H youth development programs in Lake County, contact the Purdue Extension office at (219) 755-3240 or visit www.ag.purdue.edu/counties/lake.