Many 4-H afterschool programs across the country are participating in "Lights On Afterschool" by including the National Science Experiment, “Biofuel Blast” as part of their event that day.
The purpose of the national experiment is to raise awareness of and spark an early interest in science, engineering and technology programs during out-of-school time. This experiment provides an opportunity for young people across the nation to examine one of the most important issues facing our nation today—energy—as they discover, learn and have a blast exploring alternative fuels. The 4-H National Youth Science Day slated for October 7, 2009, is another vehicle through which 4-H aims to raise the visibility of science and technology in after-school programs. 4-H members and youth from other organizations will be conducting the Biofuel Blast experiment on this date and throughout the month of October. Materials have been developed to help people conduct the experiment and can be found at www.4-H.org/NYSD
. The site includes lots of useful information, including the experiment facilitator’s guide, interactive tools, event planning kits and much more.4-H is tracking the number of youth and programs participating in the experiment to help market the role after-school programs play in increasing science and technology knowledge and skills. Of those youth who submit their results through the Biofuel Blast experiment survey, five youth names will be randomly selected to receive a 32GB third generation iPod touch. The five youth will also be able to designate a 4-H club, school classroom, or youth organization to receive one of the pictured Fuel Cell Car Experiment kits. Click here
for official drawing rules. Be sure to return to the site (www.4-H.org/NYSD
) after October 7, 2009 to record your results! Be part of the ACTION!
It is still not too late to join the one million Americans who take part in Lights On Afterschool by registering for the 10th annual nationwide celebration that will take place October 22, 2009, in more than 7,500 communities. Register here to receive email updates and 10 free posters, and to make sure your event is promoted to the media. Use the online Event Planning Kit to help you build a timeline, get ideas for your event, get tips for engaging local leaders and media, and download artwork and sample materials.