4-H Super Science Saturday
WSU Colville Reservation-Ferry County Extension Encourage Youth in Scientific Exploration
By Linda McLean
October 8, 2011, marked the first-ever 4-H Super Science Saturday. Youth from across the Colville Reservation, as well as from neighboring communities, gathered at the Keller Community Center, which is located on the Colville Indian Reservation, to participate in an afternoon of hands-on science experiments. The 4-H Super Science Saturday event was designed to bring youth and adults together for the sake of scientific exploration and to showcase science as a fun and exciting field of study.
The goal of 4-H Super Science Saturday was to allow youth to explore different kinds of science and technology. “There are many fields of study available to young people today. Without exposure to the sciences, young people may be missing out on potential career paths that could lead them to a brighter future,” stated Linda McLean, WSU Colville Reservation-Ferry County Extension Educator.
A variety of science professionals were on hand to share their knowledge and expertise. Professionals representing Colville Confederated Tribes Fish & Wildlife, Colville Confederated Tribes Environmental Trust, National Park Service, Washington State University, Stonerose Fossils Interpretive Center, Lake Roosevelt High School, and Colville Reservation Conservation District volunteered their time and energy to share their knowledge in such areas as: select harvest of fish, water quality, constellations, fish and oxygen, color DNA, fossils, biofuels, potato power, and wind energy. Working together in small groups, youth had opportunities to interact directly with the scientists, as well as each other, as they explored and discovered new and exciting subjects.
This 4-H Super Science Saturday event was truly a community effort. Over 30 volunteers from across the reservation and the local Keller area joined forces specifically for the educational benefit of the youth. This event was part of the WSU Colville Reservation-Ferry County Extension STAR (Science & Technology Across the Reservation) program. The STAR program works to expose youth, in all districts of the Colville Reservation, to technology and scientific exploration and discovery. This event was open to all youth and participation was free of charge.
The WSU Colville Reservation-Ferry County Extension program is overseen by Dan Fagerlie, Project Director, and staffed by Linda McLean, 4-H/ANR Extension Educator; Kayla Wells, Family & Consumer Sciences Educator; and Phil Linden, 4-H Challenge Educator.