Wednesday, October 7

SU Ag Center hosts Youth National Science Day, explores the science of distracted driving

Welcome by Interim Chancellor Brown

L-r: Dr. Eubanks, Mandy Amoson, AT&T, and Wilkerson-Franklin

Dr. Williams shares information with students on math and science

Students run the collision experiment 

Participants learn first hand from demonstration on distracted driving
The motion commotion experiment 

Baton Rouge, La. The SU Ag Center hosted 4-H National Youth Science Day (4-H NYSD) event on October 7, 2015.  Youth in East Baton Rouge Parish joined hundreds of thousands of youth across the world in leading the eighth annual 4-H National Youth Science Day experiment, which combined cars, calculators and cell phones to show how physics principles influence a pressing problem among U.S. teens. This year’s experiment is titled ‘Motion Commotion.’

The event attracted 105 participants to Southern University Ag Center, where Dr. Adell Brown Jr., Interim Chancellor, Dr. Gina E. Eubanks, Vice Chancellor for Extension, faculty and staff brought greetings to the guests. Following the welcome was a number of relevant speakers including students.

Dr. Troy Williams, Dept. of Chemistry and Physics, Southeastern Louisiana University revealed to the participants that there is nothing hard about science. Mandy Amoson, AT&T Client Solutions Executive shared the fatal consequences of texting while driving with participants.

About 87 students from Southern University Laboratory and Park Ridge Academic Magnet Schools participated in the event. Students conducted the two-part ‘Motion Commotion’ experiment from 9:30 a.m. – noon at A. O. Williams Hall. They used 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 constructed a simulated runway to analyze the speed, momentum and kinetic energy of a car in motion, and explored the science behind the car’s collisions. In the second phase, they led an experiment that uses the same physics principles to demonstrate the consequences of distracted driving. This included the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office’s driving simulator which gave youth first-hand experience on the dangers of texting and driving.

Lexlee’s Kids team conducted a hands-on demonstration of the end result of distracted driving. The demonstration captured this year’s experiment, ‘Motion Commotion.’ It combined a speeding car collision and a distracted driving demonstration in a simulated activity that investigated the physical and human factors of motion.

“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.

 Student leaders, teachers and speakers were recognized at the conclusion of the event.
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.

Television coverage on the event airs on October 7, 2015 at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. on NBC 33/FOX 44 and at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. on WAFB News Channel 9.  

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