4-17-13 It’s service, learning and sports as 4-H’ers visit WVU for Gold-Blue Game

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A day of giving, learning and football will unite 130 youths from across the state for West Virginia University Extension Service’s 4-H Goes to College day on Saturday, April 20 in Morgantown.

The annual WVU Gold -Blue spring football game provides organizers with an opportunity to showcase higher education to 4-H’ers.

The 4-H’ers will visit a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activity fair prior to the game.  The fair provides hands-on activities from the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, School of Public Health, Operation Military Kids and WVU Extension Service.

“People tend to think of 4-H in a traditional means, like camping and agriculture,” Alicia Cassels, WVU Extension 4-H literacy and academic success specialist, said.  “Our 4-H programs are really paving new ground with technology camps and STEM activities.  This activity fair helps show the youths that careers in these fields are fun and attainable goals.”

Service learning will also be a highlight of the day’s activities, which start at 10:30 a.m.  The youths have collected books, pop tabs and baby items to donate to WVU Children’s Hospital and the Ronald McDonald House on behalf of West Virginia 4-H programs.

“Service and learning represent two of the four Hs of our program – hands and head,” Cassels said. “This event provides the youths with an opportunity to see that these opportunities exist in higher education.”

For more than a century, 4-H has focused on agricultural science, electricity, mechanics, entrepreneurship and natural sciences. Today, 4-H out-of-school opportunities also exist in subjects like rocketry, robotics, bio-fuels, renewable energy and computer science.

To learn more about new opportunities in the 4-H program, visit www.ext.wvu.edu, or contact your local office of the WVU Extension Service.

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