This October, 4‑H and Google will launch an exciting National Youth Science Day challenge, Code Your World,
which invites kids to get involved in computer science through hands-on doing.
Code Your World is a four-part computer science (CS) challenge that teaches kids to apply CS to the world around them through hands-on activities. Developed by Google and West Virginia University Extension Service, it includes a computer-based activity on Google’s CS First platform and three unplugged activities that bring coding to life through games and interaction.
Code Your World uses games and hands-on fun to teach kids important CS and computational thinking concepts, and is perfect for first-time and beginner coders ages 8-14.
Pre-order your kit’s now and save $2! https://4-h.org/parents/national-youth-science-day/
A huge thanks to Linda McLean of the Colville Reservation Extension for her article regarding Ethics and 4-H Market Animals.
What is ethics? “Ethics is: a standard of right and wrong and being able to see the difference; the courage to meet the challenge of doing more than what you have to do; doing what you should do; doing what is right, proper and good; guiding our choices and modeling them with our actions; doing the right thing even if it costs us money, prestige, popularity, or pleasure.” (OSU Extension Service Marion County)
Ethics is: Doing the right thing even when nobody is watching. So, you’re maybe wondering how ethics relates to 4-H market animal projects? Simply put, raising 4-H market animals is a responsibility that should never be taken lightly. As the main care-taker, for the 4-H market animal, it is the 4-H member’s responsibility, and duty, to ensure that all the needs of that animal are met. This means being solely responsible for making sure that this animal has food, water, exercise and clean quarters to live in. Youth livestock producers must understand that they have an obligation to be a responsible food producer. All market animals will enter the food chain and become edible products for the consuming public. Dairy animals may be producing milk that will enter the food chain.
The ownership deadlines have been established to provide sufficient time for the animals to receive proper care and nutrition in order to grow and “finish” before the fair or show. These ownership deadlines also provide ample time for youth to learn about and establish a relationship with the animals.
If ownership deadlines are not met, this is not only dishonest, it also negatively impacts the animals. By not owning the animals for the required length of time, the animals may not have enough time to gain enough weight to “finish” properly. Remember, we are raising food products. How an animal finishes out affects how it can be processed for food. When a packer purchases our market animals at the Fair, they are expecting properly finished animals. They are willing to pay a premium for well fed and cared for animals, but they are not willing to support underfed animals.
Raising 4-H market animals in a safe and healthy environment ensures that consumers will have access to a healthy and safe food source. One of the ways that we do this is through proper nutrition. Whether it is a hog, sheep, goat or beef, what we feed our animals affects how they grow. The term “garbage in, garbage out” is something to keep in mind. Good feed equates to healthy development, just as poor feed will directly relate to poor gain and also to poor health of the animals.
The life skills gained from raising 4-H market animals will help prepare youth for adulthood. By learning to care for another living creature, youth are gaining knowledge, but they are also developing skills such as accountability, responsibility and nurturing skills that will help prepare them for adult situations and experiences.
Have you started collecting things for the silent and live auctions that take place at the Washington State 4-H Forum on October 19-21? Your donated items may be new, hand-crafted, collectibles, or antiques (please, no ‘garage sale’ items). Food items must be
within their expiration date. Please submit a donation form for each item you are bringing. The forms can be found at http://extension.wsu.edu/4h/for-volunteers/washington-state-4-h-forum
, then select “Auction Information.” The completed forms can be sent to Vicki Contini by mail, fax, or email. Please have the donation form attached to each item when they are delivered to the auction intake desk.
The live auction takes place Saturday night and most live auction items will be selected from those from submitted by September 30.
Please get your donation forms to Vicki Contini as soon as possible, so they can get them into the database prior to the 4-H Forum.