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4-H and the County Fair
The county fair: home baked apple pies, pigs squealing while being herded into the arena for judging, kids running from booth to booth faces and hands sticky from cotton candy.
Well, the county fair has not changed much in basic fact but has changed greatly in the new high tech world we now live in. 4-H has also changed with this new world and we now see a great variety to the county fair and all that it has to offer. I recently participated at our local 4-H Clay County Fair and helped out with what is called the Learn by Doing Center.
4-H is a great organization and many may have some misconceptions about it so let me clear this up quickly. 4-H is not all about farming, raising livestock or crops and showing off your farming skills or baking great looking pies.
4-H is about leadership and developing youth, helping them to become better citizens and better people. The organization strives to teach youth life skills that will benefit them in later years.
Their motto says it all:
I Pledge my Head to clearer thinking,
my Heart to greater loyalty,
my Hands to larger service,
and my Health to better living,
For my club, my community, my country, and my world
Today's 4-H is not the one of all farm and home making skills, now they have added things like rocketry and aerospace, computers and global communication, robotics and digital photography. You can still see those squealing pigs being herded into the arena to be judged, those great pies and other goodies baked by both the youth and their parents but they have kept up with the changing times.
4-H youth throughout the year work hard at projects that they choose to show of and get judged at the fair. These projects can be things that are done at school such as art class projects or things they are interested in. Each project is judged in its own area such as fashion, cooking, computers, aerospace and many others. Each project is judged not only on the actual project but the judge asks the youth questions about working on their project and their knowledge of the subject.
Adults and anyone else can also enter their own projects in Open Class that simply gets judged on their appearance or taste. These are most often art, pictures, floral arrangements and those great baked goodies. These are judged solely on the presentation of the project and the taste for those edible goodies, the judges never know who even made them at judging.
At the local Clay County 4-H fair held in Barnesville, Minnesota they have what is called the Learn by Doing Center, a hands on activity center that highlights one project area of 4-H. This years area was technology; robotics, computers, digital photography, GPS and GIS.
My wife and I have been proud volunteers of the Learn by Doing Center for several years helping to organize and run the center for the benefit of all those that care to stop by and see what has been going on in 4-H. This year we had a great treat in the fact that I have been busily working on computers and related areas and were able to bring much of my work and gadgets to the fair for others to see and ask questions about.
And we did get plenty of questions, mainly about slow computer speed due to dial up connections but several about general computer cleaning and other help people needed. We were especially grateful to those that came and volunteered their time at the fair and the Learn by Doing Center to be able to answer questions and help people in their field of expertise.
We had the following individuals and businesses at the Learn by Doing Center to help us: Jon Stein and Joshua Wine from the Computer Place Fargo North Dakota, Linda Rosaasen talked about Geocaching, Sharon Smith answered questions about ESRI and Linda Hauge from North Dakota State University talked about GPS.
The two technical engineers from the Computer Place in Fargo answered questions about computers and helped people with their many questions. Linda Rosaasen talked about the fun hobby of Geocaching where people have hidden small to large containers all over the world and you try to find them using a GPS unit.
Sharon Smith answered questions about the ESRI company that designs and develops Geographic Information System software and tools. GIS or Geographic Information System is tools to map locations of various things such as farmers fields and unwanted weeds to banks knowing their distribution coverage for a particular city.
Linda Hauge led people on GPS hunts to find things around the fair grounds to show how the Global Positioning System units work. The GPS units collect information from satellites to triangulate the location of the unit and give that information as latitude, longitude and elevation. Using GPS units you can tell where your at, where you've been and find a specific point anywhere in the world.
The Learn by Doing Center had plenty of things for people to do as well as look at; I brought my two computers and let kids play some games such as the latest flight simulator from Microsoft. I also had plenty of computer hardware for people to look at as well as being able to show the insides of my computers with their plastic see through sides.
We were very fortunate this year to get plenty of donations from businesses and I would like to thank them for their generosity. Crucial Technology donated a couple of T-shirts, some memory Hawg stress relief pigs, Crucial Frisbees, several Crucial pens and a couple of Crucial travel mugs.
Ridata donated a Yego EZDrive and a 50 pack of DVD's while Playo donated a 50 pack of CD's. Better Homes and Gardens and Ideazon both donated mouse pads with the Ideazon being a Battlefield 2142 design. Saitek donated an Eclipse Backlit keyboard and Fatal1ty donated an autographed mouse pad, autographed picture of himself, some stickers and a dog tag.
Thank you to all these companies and Fatal1ty for your gracious donations and for supporting the worthwhile effort of 4-H.
Without the support and help of people and companies the efforts that go into 4-H would not be as effective and helping out the youth of our country is a very worthwhile effort.
4-H is no longer the group of farm kids that get together to show off their farming and cooking skills. 4-H is dedicated to helping youth with life skills that will make them better at anything they choose to accomplish. Technology is a part of their future and 4-H has brought that technology to them to help them understand and better use all that the world has to offer them.