By Laura Allen
NC Cooperative Extension
Are you looking for ways for your children to participate in hands-on learning this summer after school is out? If so, check out the Summer Fun program offered by Rowan County 4-H! We will have 15 in-person classes this summer that will be educational, fun and affordable. All young Rowans between the ages of 5 and 18 on January 1 (must have completed kindergarten) are invited to participate. Many of these hands-on learning opportunities for young people focus on agriculture and food, while others focus on life skills and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).
Registration opened on April 7 and will remain open until all classes are full, or until May 27, whichever comes first.
Courses related to agriculture and food include:
- Let’s go gardening: June 1, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., 9-18 years old, cost $15 and June 2, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., 5-8 years old, $15; youngsters will propagate plants, plant summer garden seeds and learn plant identification. All plants/seeds will go home with the participants.
- Dairy 101: June 28, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., 9-13 years old, cost $10; young people will be able to see and taste different types of dairy products from dairy goats, dairy cattle and water buffalo while learning more about the dairy industry.
- Teen kitchen: July 13, 9 a.m. to noon, 9-13 years old, cost $10; youngsters will learn kitchen safety, practice knife cutting techniques (while cutting nutritious fruits and vegetables), learn to cook fun recipes and play outdoor games.
- Basics of bees: July 19, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., ages 9 to 18, cost $10 and August 5, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., ages 5 to 8, cost $10; young people will learn about the life cycle of a bee, their importance for agriculture, how to take care of bees and will see real hives at the extension office.
- Horticultural heroes: August 2-4, 1-4 p.m., K-2, cost $15; young people will explore plant world superheroes and also make cool art.
There will be other courses available that will focus on life skills and STEM. These include:
- Dash & Dot Robotics: Two identical sessions available on June 6 and 7 (choose one), from 9 a.m. to noon, from kindergarten to grade 3, cost $10; youngsters will learn to program Dash & Dot robots and learn to solve problems while developing their imagination.
- Robotics: Two identical sessions available on June 8 and 9 (your choice), 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., 4th-7th grade, cost $15; Young people will build and learn the basic concepts of programming EV-3 robots.
- Advanced robotics: June 10, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., grades 4-7, cost $15; young people who have taken a basic robotics course can take this course to program EV-3 robots for more advanced courses.
- It’s electric: June 17, 9 a.m. to noon, ages 11-18, cost $15; young people will learn the basics of electricity, household wiring, soldering and assemble an electrical kit.
- It’s sewing time: June 20-22, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., 5-8 years old, cost $15 and June 23-24, 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m., 9-18 years old, cost $15; youngsters will focus on learning basic hand stitches and sewing with a sewing machine while being paired with an experienced adult for more one-on-one attention. Will do at least one sewing project to take home.
To register for these classes, you must submit a completed registration form and payment (cash or check payable to CES) to the Rowan County Co-op Extension Office by May 27. Mailed forms and payment will also be accepted, unless the course is already full. Payment is due at time of registration. No registration will be accepted without payment. You must also register the child as a member of 4HOnline by May 27 at v2.4honline.com. Registration forms, rules, and a full list of 4-H Summer Fun activities and descriptions can be found here: https://rowan.ces.ncsu.edu/rowan-county-4-h-summer-fun/
We are excited to have the opportunity to educate young people this summer. For more information on all available Summer Fun classes, please contact [email protected] or call 704-216-8970. All registration forms and payment can be dropped off at the Extension Office or mailed to Rowan County 4-H, 2727-A Old Concord Road, Salisbury, NC 28146. We are open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Laura H. Allen is a 4-H Youth Development Officer with Rowan County Extension.