Purdue Extension
Making a Difference in Delaware County

Program Brings Hands-on Science to Kids

Purdue Extension-Delaware County developed new volunteers and partnerships to expand and improve the embryology science program throughout the county. In 2012, 15 dozen eggs were hatched before the eyes of approximately 300 school children. This year, 27 dozen eggs were hatched in the classroom, nearly doubling the opportunity for kids to study science with hands-on learning.

Jay County FFA and Delaware County Farm Bureau loaned three additional incubators to the program and two Purdue Extension-4-H poultry enthusiasts brought their knowledge (and full-grown chickens) to the students and teachers for additional learning.

Teachers always say the embryology program is the most exciting and best science lesson of the year. The growth of the program seems to back up those comments. Purdue Extension-4-H volunteers have been instrumental in the growth and success of the program.

Making A Difference in an Elevator Speech

Joel Brumley, Purdue Extension-Delaware County director, had a thought after meeting a man on an elevator who introduced himself as the director for the Delaware County Emergency Management Service.

Brumley presented an elevator speech about the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN).

Purdue Extension Delivers
  • Every $1 spent on the Indiana Family Nutrition Program is expected to create $35.75 in economic returns.

  • In a recent survey, 94% of Indiana 4-H participants graduating from high school planned to pursue post-secondary education.

  • In a similar Midwest state, an independent study concluded that every $1 invested in Extension yielded $15 in economic impact.

  • Beginner's Guide to Grant Writing workshop recipients received more than $7 million in grants to support community projects.

Not long after that meeting, the two focused their attention on a Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COADs) organization.

In six months, agency personnel and volunteers have met and named a county coordinator. The new Delaware County COAD will soon be connected to Steve Cain, Purdue Extension’s disaster education specialist. Cain developed the Indiana COAD Guidance Manual and has received several awards for his work in disaster education.

The Delaware County COAD will next identify individuals and groups and the assets the all can provide to deal with disasters when they occur.

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