Tuesday, September 29

SU Ag Center helps youth explore the science of distracted driving

4-H National Youth Science Day experiment combines cars, calculators and cell phones to show how physics principles influence a pressing problem among U.S. teens
Baton Rouge, LA – Youth in East Baton Rouge Parish will join hundreds of thousands of youth across the world in leading the eighth annual 4-H National Youth Science Day (4-H NYSD) experiment. This year’s experiment, called ‘Motion Commotion,’ will combine a speeding car collision and a distracted driving demonstration in a simulated activity that investigates the physical and human factors of motion.

Over 100 students from Southern University Laboratory and Park Ridge Academic Magnet Schools will conduct the two-part ‘Motion Commotion’ experiment from 9:30 a.m. – noon on October 7, 2015 at the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center, 181 B. A. Little Drive. The students will use every day materials – including a toy car, modeling clay, ruler, calculator and a cell phone – to explore physics in the real-world.

In the first phase of the experiment, youth will construct a simulated runway to analyze the speed, momentum and kinetic energy of a car in motion, and will explore the science behind the car’s collisions. In the second phase, they will lead an experiment that uses the same physics principles to demonstrate the consequences of distracted driving. This will include the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office’s driving simulator which gives youth first-hand experience on the dangers of texting and driving.

“It is important for teens to learn basic concepts related to the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics and how the subjects can be related to driving,” said Tiffany Wilkerson-Franklin, Project and Science Day Event Coordinator at the SU Ag Center.

“As inexperienced drivers, learning about the importance of eliminating distractions on the highway could save their lives or someone else’s. We must raise awareness and the National Youth Science Day is a great step forward to link youth with fun, educational opportunities,” added Wilkerson-Franklin.
“I participated in the 4-H National Youth Science Day four years ago with the SU Ag Center and had a great time learning about how to clean up waste and spills, which was directly related to the BP oil spill here in Louisiana,” said Torianna Franklin. “The experiments are really cool! I can’t wait to try out ‘Motion Commotion’ this year.”

4-H NYSD is the world’s largest, youth-led science experiment. The national day is dedicated to engaging kids with science through a hands-on, interactive learning experience that gets youth excited about science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The event also spotlights the many ways youth in East Baton Rouge Parish are engaging in 4-H Science programs year-round.

The 2015 activity was designed by Oregon State University Cooperative Extension in partnership with Vernier Software & Technology and selected as the winning experiment for the eighth annual 4-H NYSD. The event’s national sponsors are Hughes (HughesNet satellite Internet), Lockheed Martin and U.S. Cellular.


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