2021 4-H Summer So Far

— Written By and last updated by Tamara Carawan
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I’ve noticed a tendency in my articles to say that every season, and every project are my favorite. Honestly it’s absolutely true. I really do love all of the projects that I get to do with the kids. I love livestock projects, and hatching eggs, and cooking classes. And. I love 4-H Summer Fun. As so many things were last year, our 4-H Summer Fun was all virtual. I am so pleased that we are back to Face to Face programs.

This summer we planned five programs: Go Fish; Sew Much Fun; Introduction to Photography; Recycled Racers; and Music to My Ears. We still have three programs ahead, however we have had an absolute blast with Go Fish and Sew Much Fun!

Go Fish is a STEM program focusing on biomedical engineering. We had three afternoons of science fun learning how engineers solve real world problems. We started by learning exactly what technology is, and about the engineering design process. Then we designed a life preserver for a corgi.

Creating Life Vests for a corgi

Then we learned about criteria and constraints, and began designing a prosthetic for an elephant. We had a great time testing them out.

Testing a elephant leg Prosthetic

Then we considered function. We put these concepts to test by designing a prosthetic beak for a bald eagle.

Testing a prosthetic eagle beak

Then we put all these concepts together to design a prosthetic for a fish. The fish tail had to meet criteria, within the constraints set. (No tape could be used to secure the tail. The model fish had to be able to be mostly suspended in the water. The prosthetic needs to mimic the movement of a fish tail.)

creating a prosthetic fish tail

Then this week we had a great time learning the basics of sewing. We began by learning how patterns work. We cut and traced.

cutting out paterns

Then we learned about fabric weaves, and how the pattern and grain of fabric can affect the way we lay our pattern out on the fabric.

Then we learned how to cut out our pieces, that holding our scissors at an angle will cause our fabric to be shorter than desired.

pinning paterns

Then we learned you to pin our fabric pieces together, and to thread a bobbin, and a sewing machine.

pinning fabric

Then we learned how to sew a straight line!

learning to sew

The end result, these awesome bags!

Finished Bags

You can still enroll in our final Summer Fun Program: Music to My Ears. This programs focuses on acoustical engineering.