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Introduction:

Marion County 4-H Science programs, thanks to a generous gift from Dow AgroSciences, now include four science activity trunks which may be loaned out to county schools and 4-H clubs. 4-H educators examined current science related issues being discussed in Marion County and determined there would be teacher/student interest in the areas of Weather, Alternative Energy, Urban Agriculture and Wildlife/Environment/Bugs (WEB).

Portable Trunks include interactive lesson plans (in compliance with Indiana Science Standards), and top notch science experiment laboratory components.

If you are a Marion County 4-H adult leader, Marion County teacher or youth worker you are eligible to borrow one of these kits. Please contact Sandy Krantz at skrantz@purdue.edu or 317-275-9264 for more information.

WEATHER

The Weather Trunk provides opportunities for youth to understand weather by doing hands-on activities that involve using online resources, building instruments, and monitoring the weather. These lesson plans acknowledge the natural interest of youth in Nature and support the increased emphasis on science in the Indiana K-8 classrooms. The activities have been piloted with a group of twenty youth 5th to 6th grade in an Indy afterschool program. The intended outcomes, listed in the skills checklist, are to increase youth proficiency in the topic and ultimately to broaden their interest in pursuing science based careers. 

Below are the three lesson plans included in the weather trunk. Each is self-standing; however we encourage you to implement the given sequence.   

Components 

  • One La Crosse Technology EA-3010U Anemometer
  • One Ginsberg Scientific 7-1000 Anemometer
  • Two Rg202 Stratus Rain and Snow Gauges
  • One La Crosse Technology Wireless Thermometer
  • c.     One General Tools ABAR300 Analog Barometer
  •       One Vivitar Digital Camera    Batteries

photography project

   1. A storm is coming...    

By using online resources, youth learn how storms develop and how scientists use changes in weather observables to predict storms. The activity also explores on the importance of the work of metereologists.                                       Youth Worksheet     Leader's Guide

 2. How is the wind today?

 

Youth build a cup anemometer to learn how wind sleep is determined, and develop enginnering skills by discussing how improve their instrument. 

 Youth Worksheet     Leader's Guide

3. How is the weather today?

Youth design a protocol to record the weather using real instruments.

Youth Worksheet     Leader's Guide         Science Skills worksheet

 

ALTERNATIVE ENERGY

With our world facing global economic impacts from the reliance on fossil fuels, this trunk will help teachers start their youth down the road to understanding solar, wind and fuel cell technologies.  Central Indiana has companies specializing in wind, solar and fuel cell technologies.   

Components:     

Solar Power: a solar cell charged car with a radio control unit allows teachers  and youth to explore the variations in solar power from different types of incandescent light to the power of the sun.  When the car is charged it can be run with a remote control.   An additional kit for building solar powered machines is also included .  Solar Lesson 1   Lesson 2    Resources

Wind Power: A wind turbine charged car with a radio control unit allows for lessons about the strengths and weaknesses of wind power. When the wind turbine spins fast enough the car charges and stores enough energy to be run with the remote control.      Lesson  Resources

Hydrogen Power: Fuel Cell Car – This car allows youth to experiment with and understand how a fuel cell uses electrolysis to separate out Hydrogen and Oxygen from water and then utilize them as separate components to run an electric motor.      Lesson  Resources 

   
 Urban Agriculture-Wildlife Environment Bugs (WEB)

 

The Urban Agriculture-WildlifeEnvironmentBugs (WEB) 4-H Trunk Kit provides opportunities for youth to understand plant growth and development through experiential learning activities involving gardening and related activities. Primary reference texts are the Junior Master Gardeners curriculum (Texas A&M Extension), Down to Earth (North Carolina State Extension), Acres of Adventures (National 4-H Council), and several 4-H wildlife, environmental stewardship and entomology manuals/curriculum. Lesson plans for facilitating activities are laid out well, easy to use and provided completely in the texts.

Recommended audiences are Kindergarten through 8th grade. Complete Indiana educational standards for utilizing the Junior Master Gardeners curriculum are available online. National standards are complete for the balance the intended outcomes are to increase youth proficiency in the topic and ultimately to broaden their interest in pursuing science based careers.

 Additional lesson plans, above and beyond those contained within the trunk/texts are available online for Junior Master Gardeners and Acres of Adventures and on the Indiana 4-H website for the 4-H-related curriculum.  Additionally, within the trunk are learning/activity components to enhance the lessons in the classroom/club setting. Expendables such as soil, pots etc. are the responsibility of the teacher/leader.

Components 

Experiential Learing and Resource Guide 

 

Urban Agriculture-Plants

The Urban Agriculture-Plants 4-H Trunk Kit provides opportunities for youth to understand plant growth and development through experiential learning activities involving gardening and related activities. Primary reference texts are the Junior Master Gardeners curriculum (Texas A&M Extension), Down to Earth (North Carolina State Extension), and Acres of Adventures (National 4-H Council). Lesson plans for facilitating activities are laid out well, easy to use and provided completely in the texts. Recommended audiences are Kindergarten through 8th grade.

Complete Indiana educational standards for utilizing the Junior Master Gardeners curriculum are available online. National standards are complete for the balance the intended outcomes are to increase youth proficiency in the topic and ultimately to broaden their interest in pursuing science based careers.

Additional lesson plans, above and beyond contained within the trunk/texts are available online for Junior Master Gardeners and Acres of Adventures. Additionally, within the trunk are learning/activity components to enhance the lessons in the classroom/club setting. Expendables such as soil, pots etc. are the responsibility of the teacher/leader

Components

Experiential Learning and Resource Guide