Since taking over from Donna Hangar as the Columbia County 4-H Program Coordinator in April, Ashley Trevino has been working hard to increase membership, as well as to keep the eleven existing 4-H clubs on track.
Trevino said she is happy overall, but would like to add more clubs to the list for older youth.
“We have 38% of the middle school enrolled in 4-H. I couldn’t be more delighted with this percentage,” said Trevino.
Trevino would like to see a higher rate of participation in 4-H for students in high school, where the enrollment rate is only 10% of the high school student body.
Trevino said that students may not know that they can be in FFA as well as 4-H.
Trevino has been working with Asotin County 4-H coordinator Kim Belanger, to develop a new club, targeting older students, call “Know Your Government.” And she is working in concert with other county 4-H coordinators to develop a county and state ambassador club.
Trevino also said that new state policy for 2016-2017 requiring mandatory youth leaders in blubs should also help increase enrollment.
“Adolescence is a very difficult time for most. the more involvement these teens have in their community, the better chance of success they will have in their futures,” said Trevino.
In October, Trevino took advantage of a 4-H Leadership Forum in Tri-Cities, as part of her own 4-H education.
“I took a lot of agricultural and livestock classes, including the steer of merit program,” she said. “IF we work with Asotin and Garfield counties, we could offer that program here.”
“I also had a class in the Working 4-H Ranch Horse program, where you teach the members how to cut cattle, round-up, rope, and vaccinate. That’s a cool program to develop,” she said.
“I think 4-H clubs are very important. They help youth build leadership and responsibility, they learn about agriculture and healthy living, and they develop a good work ethic which will help them become good citizens and adults,” Trevino said.
“Overall this has been a great year. I enjoy seeing the community involvement with the 4-H members,” she added. “Columbia County is a strong county built upon by strong community members that take pride in the county, and they know the value that 4-H has on its youth.”
Local 4-H clubs currently have 110 members, and 22 Leaders according to Trevino.
Columbia County 4-H clubs include, Barnyard, Columbia County Corrals, Columbia County Marksmen, Columbia County Robotics, Cookin’ Up Some Fun, Krafty Farmers R-Us, Rockin D Riders and Upper Whetstone Fleecers.
For more information about the 4-H program visit the WSU extension office at 137 E Main Street in Dayton, or contact program Coordinator Ashley Trevino at 509-382-4741, or by email at Ashley.Trevino@wsu.edu.
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my HEAD to clearer thinking,
my HEART to greater loyalty,
my HANDS to larger service,
my HEALTH to better living,
for my club, my community, my country, and my world.
“To make the Best Better”.
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4-H Robotics Team Advances to Eastern Washington Tournament
The 4-H Columbia County Robotics team, the “Noobs” is one of the 15 teams advancing from the Tri-Cities Regional FIRST LEGO League Robotics tournaments to the Eastern Washington State Robotics Tournament in Spokane on Jan. 21, 2017.
On December 10, 2016, the “Noobs” competed against twenty-nine mid Columbia teams, comprising over two hundred and fifty students at Richalnd’s Chief Joseph Middle School.
“The theme for 2016’s 11th Annual Robotics Competition was “Animal Allies” The project goal was to identify a human/animal problem and present a solution to the problem,” said the 4-H General Leader Terri Fowble.
“The Noobs decided to research physiological changes and animal deaths in hot cars. For that they talked to local veterinarians Kennie and Chuck Reeves, and researched the subject online. Finding no data for animals, they studied research into children and hot cars,” Fowble says.
The Noobs came up with a solution to the problem of animal deaths from confinement in hot cars. “The Dog Saver 9000 is a sensor that, when placed in a car, will send an alert, via app, to the owner’s smartphone whenever the inside car temperature is at an unsafe level for the animal,” Fowble said.
The Noobs then shared the problem and the solution with the Reeves, and with members of the newly formed Dog Park Committee in Dayton, before attending the tournament in Richland.
At the tournament in Richland, the challenges were scored on a playing field, core values, the project, and for the robot executive design summary.
At the end of the tournament, the noobs received a special award for the core value, “inspiration” which celebrates the FIRST LEGO experience, and the team’s display of extraordinary enthusiasm and spirit.
Fowble said 10 of the 4-H students, ages 9-14, began the project in August, pouring over 200 pages of instructions, before they began piecing the LEGO EV3 robot together. The robot had to be built correctly in order to perform the fifteen challenges.
“They have been learning the language of programming, and that will open up a lot of avenues in the future,” said Fowble.
“Its been interesting watching them work together to solve the problem, and seeing those ‘aha’ moments after rebuilding, redoing, and trying to get it right, and finally having everything click,” she said.
Fowble also said that learning about the scientific process has been great for the students. “undergoing an actual competition, presenting, and fielding questions has been very empowering. It will be fun to watch the other teams, and to watch the teams help each other,” she said.
The robotics competitions are sponsored by FIRST and the LEGO Group, and have as their goals to apply science, technology, engineering and math concepts, plus imagination to design and build LEGO robots to solve a problem, and perform missions, on a playing field, while practicing the core values of inspiration, teamwork and gracious professionalism.