St. Helena Central Elementary 4-H Club celebrates National Science Day, October 10, 2012:An oil spill had contaminated Bailey Beach, and it was up to a team of young engineers to design and construct a barrier capable of containing the spill and a robot capable of cleaning it up as quickly as possible.
This was the premise of the 2012 National 4-H Youth Science Day’s Eco-Bot Challenge. While the oil spill was only rice on a grid map of a fictional beach, the experiment provided St. Helena 4-H’ers an opportunity to design and build a contamination barrier and a robot capable of cleaning up the spill using a pager motor, a toothbrush head and a battery.
"Hopefully, these activities will show 4-H’ers that science is not just in a textbook, science is real. It’s getting your hands dirty, building things, exploring, and really a whole different world," says Angela Myles, Associate Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development. Students who participated in this were 4-H'ers from St. Helena Central Elementary School.
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