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Montgomery County Youth explore in STEM club
Monday, January 23, 2017 4:00 AM
Last fall and winter, Montgomery County fourth- and fifth-graders participated in an after-school STEM club called “How It Works.” Participants at Hoover Elementary met for an hour after school nine times throughout September to December. They explored with activities to explore how things worked.
Some of the topics and activities that youth learned about were what makes a bouncy ball bounce, engineering and design principles to build a free-standing structure, centripetal force making a balloon “scream”, Oobleck that had Non-Newtonian properties making it both a liquid and solid, and much more!
After-school STEM programs are a great way to increase student’s curiosity and motivation to STEM learning. After-school STEM programs impact youth by cultivating “students’ interest in STEM and build STEM skills and proficiencies among diverse groups of young people.” (Krishnamurthi, Ballard, and Noam, 2014). Each week youth were excited to learn what hands-on activity we would be doing and eagerly looked forward to the next club meeting. Participants were enthusiastic about learning STEM-related concepts in a fun, hands-on environment and were interested in another offering of this club in the future.
Learn how to encourage growth in your garden
Thursday, January 05, 2017 4:00 AM
Purdue University Extension and University of Illinois Extension are collaborating to offer the annual Bi-State Gardening Conference, being held at The Beef House Restaurant at 16501 Indiana State Road 63, Covington, Indiana, on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. EST (4:30 p.m. CST), and the presenters will begin promptly at 6 p.m. EST.
This year’s conference will consist of two presentations:
Control the holiday bulge
Thursday, December 22, 2016 4:00 AM
The time has arrived. It’s the holiday season otherwise known as the National Feeding Season. This typically runs form Thanksgiving to Super Bowl Sunday. Research tells us that the average American gains approximately one pound during the National Feeding Season. Sounds a lot less than what you have maybe heard. The problem isn’t the weight gain during this holiday season, it’s the weight gain during every holiday season. The National Institutes of Health reports that most people never lose that pound of weight, leading us to continuously pack on more pounds each holiday season.
Instead of stressing yourself trying to lose weight during the holidays just strive to maintain your weight. Balance out the weight gain with regular physical activity. Gaining weight will happen if you eat more calories than you burn. When your body is stressed, chemical reactions take place causing you to crave food and gives you the desire to eat. Research shows that both sugar and fat release endorphins giving people the felling of joy and wanting more. Sugar we consume affects our blood sugar levels, encouraging us to crave more sugar-rich foods.
Meeting will help with organizing your farm
Wednesday, December 21, 2016 4:00 AM
How should you organize your farm to ensure you make enough to cover your cost of living throughout all stages of life? Purdue Extension and University of Illinois Extension Bi-State Group will host “Planning for the Future” on Jan. 12. Topics of this conference will include “How Much Do I Need to Live?” developing functional farm meetings and land leasing.
Thinking about retiring, but not sure what your financial needs will be after changing roles within your farming operation? The first section of the seminar, “How Much Do I Need to Live?” will help you start the process of determining what funds you will need to enjoy your retirement.
Next, a panel will help you learn how to make the most of your land by leasing it out. The conference will then conclude with “Taking the Dys out of Dysfunctional: Developing Functional Farm Meetings.” Through this topic, you will learn ways to adjust to different communication methods and generational differences while focusing on the ultimate goal of avoiding a dysfunctional farm meeting.
‘Tis the Season for 4-H Enrollment
Wednesday, December 07, 2016 4:00 AM
Indiana 4-H enrollment is now open in Montgomery County through Jan 15, 2017. 4-H is a premier source of enjoyable, educational programs to help young people reach their full potential. Enrollment is easier than ever with the 4-H Online system, https://in.4honline.com.
Indiana 4-H is the state’s largest youth development program for grades 3-12, reaching more than 200,000 youth in all 92 counties. 4-H is open to all youth in grades 3-12 and Mini 4-H is offered to grades K-2. So don’t wait and miss the opportunity to join the Club. 4-H prepares young people to be leaders in their community and around the world through hands-on experiences alongside their peers and caring adults.
Honor the harvest: reduce food waste
Friday, December 02, 2016 4:00 AM
Did you know that 700 million pounds of turkey is purchased for the Thanksgiving holiday and 235 million pounds of that turkey will end up in the trash? Yearly this equates to 1.3 billion tons of food being thrown in our landfills, about a third of the food produced for consumption, costing about $1 trillion. To bring this down to a household level, a family of four throws away an average of $1600 of food annually. That is two months’ worth of grocery bills in my house. So what can we do about the food waste?
Plan meals before shopping. If you know what and how much you are going to eat for the week, that prevents food from rotting in the fridge. Also take inventory of what you already have. Lots of times you don’t need to buy every ingredient for a dish because you already have it on hand or you can adjust the recipe to accommodate for ingredients you’ve already bought.
Local youth get hands on with STEM challenge
Saturday, November 19, 2016 4:00 AM
Youth in Montgomery County joined approximately a hundred thousand youth across the world in leading the ninth annual 4-H National Youth Science Day (4-H NYSD) challenge. The 4-H National Youth Science Day was created to combat a shortage of American young people pursuing science college majors and careers. In this year’s challenge, called Drone Discovery, youth were introduced to the burgeoning field of drones in a hands-on, interactive design challenge.
Extension program empowers Americans regarding health insurance
Thursday, November 10, 2016 4:00 AM
An increasing number of American citizens and legal residents are expected to enroll or re-enroll in health insurance plans this fall during open enrollment. Research shows the vast majority of people in the U.S. are uncomfortable, overwhelmed and intimidated when it comes to making decisions about health insurance coverage. Yet, those who have health insurance get access to care leading to better heath than those who do not.
A Smart Choice workshop is being offered on Nov. 22 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm at the Crawfordsville Public Library. Please call 765-364-6363 by Nov. 18 to make your reservation so we will have handouts for you.
With health insurance in the public spotlight, Smart Choice Health Insurance© seeks to capitalize on this teachable moment by helping Americans take control of their personal and family financial health needs.
Mind your roots when treating your lawn
Thursday, November 03, 2016 4:00 AM
The home lawn is sometimes a mysterious beast – understanding the water and light requirements for your grass species, identifying and killing turfgrass weeds, and hunting down the ever-elusive mole can be a very time consuming job throughout the year. Fertilizing your lawn is another task that may seem daunting. One of the biggest questions: when is the best time to fertilize your lawn?
SCUBA Diving Club offers unique opportunity for youth
Thursday, October 27, 2016 4:00 AM
Interested in gaining hands-on experience in SCUBA diving from certified SCUBA diving instructors? Learning more about aquatic environments? Then join us starting November 17th from 5:30-7:00 pm at the Crawfordsville Aquatic Center for the SCUBA Diving Club! This club is being held in partnership with Huber Dive Services and the Montgomery County 4-H program. The SCUBA Diving Club is open to ALL high schoolers in Montgomery County. Youth will also learn about marine environments, aquatic life, physics, career opportunities, and more!
Start your Fall off right with pumpkins
Saturday, October 22, 2016 4:00 AM
The leaves are turning colors, the temperature is dropping and my favorite season is finally upon us. Fall is here and with fall comes pumpkins. The onslaught of pumpkins is not just a figment of your imagination, in fact, 80 percent of the pumpkin supply in the United States is available in October. And good news for those trying to eat local, 90 to 95 percent of our edible pumpkins are grown next door in Illinois.
Where does the grain go?
Friday, October 14, 2016 4:00 AM
Harvest is fully underway in Montgomery County. Combines are chugging along harvesting corn and soybeans, semis full of grain are lining up at the local grain elevators, and grain is traveling to places far and wide via our local highways and railways. In 2015, according to the Indiana Agriculture Report (March 2016), Montgomery County led the state in soybean production at 6.3 million bushels and was second only to Benton County in corn production at 20.3 million bushels. Our farmers are putting in long hours at this time of year and leading the state in crop production. So where does all of this grain end up?
Purdue wants everyone to be heart smart
Saturday, September 17, 2016 4:00 AM
As the leading cause of death for all Americans, heart disease claims 600,000 lives annually. It’s understandably frightening to be at risk for heart disease. But Purdue Extension’s Be Heart Smart program can help you fight this disease by better understanding it and gaining the necessary knowledge to make heart-smart choices.
Purdue Extension’s Be Heart Smart program is a new community program including four heart-health classes. It’s intended to complement healthcare providers’ recommendations and help you, or your loved one, prevent or manage heart disease.
Life skills at heart of 4-H
Friday, September 16, 2016 4:00 AM
In this four-part series of articles, I am discussing a small portion of the life skills the 4-H program teaches youth through the 4-H pledge. In my previous article “I pledge my Heart to greater loyalty . . .” I discussed all of the opportunities 4-H presents to youth to enhance their social skills, conflict resolution, cooperation, sharing, concern for others, etc. Within the 4-H pledge, youth also pledge their hands to larger service. Youth in the 4-H program gain experience in enhancing their teamwork and leadership skills, but they also learn the importance of giving back to the community and how rewarding that can be.
4-Hers learn and enhance their leadership skills through a variety of activities, camps, meetings, and more. Every year Montgomery County 4-H partners with other counties in the state for 4-H Camp at Shakamak State Park.
Watch what you eat
Saturday, September 10, 2016 4:00 AM
Lately, I have been reading through the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2015-20. It is an interesting read about the current nutrition recommendations for all American citizens in the United States. (You can access the entire document online at health.gov or choosemyplate.org.)
What really caught my attention throughout the document was the research that compared the average intake, based off of age and gender, against the actual recommendations. Let’s start with the dairy food group.
The recommendation is three cups each day for ages nine years and older. The recommendation was never met according to the research, I was shocked! Here’s a reminder to eat more yogurt and cheese, or drink more milk!
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