Schools host 4-H clubs with hands-on learning

2013-05-13T00:00:00Z 2013-05-23T13:41:11Z Schools host 4-H clubs with hands-on learningBy Times Staff
May 13, 2013 12:00 am  • 

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





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