Thursday, October 6

Nearly 300 Students attend SU Ag Center’s 4-H National Youth Science Day

A drone hovers over the crowd during the SU Ag Center's 2016 4-H National Youth Science Day.

Baton Rouge, LA – Two hundred and ninety-three students from Southern University Laboratory, Scotlandville Pre-Engineering Academy, Park Ridge, J. K. Haynes, Progress and Ryan Elementary, Tallulah Charter, Kentwood High Magnet and St. Helena College & Career Academy schools attended the Southern University Ag Center’s 2016 4-H National Youth Science Day (4-H NYSD).

The national event was held in the Cotillion Ballroom of the Smith-Brown Memorial Student Union on Wednesday, Oct. 5 on the Southern University Baton Rouge campus.

 This year’s experiment, called Drone Discovery, consisted of a hands-on, three part engineering design challenge which allowed students to experiment with fixed and rotary wing designs, explore the concept of remote sensing and dive into the world of coding for real-world drone applications.

The event featured a drone demonstration by Garrett Edgerson, a choral performance by the Scotlandville Pre-Engineering Magnet Academy Choir and several interactive display stations on 4-H, Tobacco Free Living, Community Policing, Biofuel, the United States Department of Agriculture, Apparel Merchandising and Textiles, Animal Science, Healthy Living, Erosion and Gardening.

Comedian and Max 94.1 FM radio personality, Howard Hall served as host of the event.

Southern University Ag Center Chancellor – Dean, Bobby R. Phills, Ph.D.; East Baton Rouge Parish School System Deputy Superintendent, Michelle Clayton, Ph.D. and Gulf State Regional Director for the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT), Rockiell Woods spoke to the students on the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and pursuing a college education.

4-H NYSD is the world’s largest youth-led science experiment, drawing nearly 100,000 participants in 2015. The national day is dedicated to engaging youth with science through a hands-on, interactive learning experience that gets youth excited about STEM.

The 2016 activity was designed by Cornell University Cooperative Extension.  The event’s national partners are HughesNet®, Lockheed Martin and U.S. Cellular. DJI, the world’s largest maker of consumer drones, is the national sponsor.

For additional information about the Southern University Ag Center’s 4-H National Youth Science Day or 4-H activities, contact Tiffany W. Franklin, Ph.D., at 225.771.2242.

Photos from the 2016 4-H National Youth Science Day are available here.


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