Locomotion more than a notion
Registration is now underway — and complete details as well as kits available — for the 2015 4-H National Youth Science Day experiment. The 2015 experiment was designed by Oregon 4-H in collaboration with Vernier Software and Technology, and the “Motion Commotion,” lesson they’ve put together promises to give young scientists insights into physics with hands-on experience concerning the relationships among speed, stopping distances, reaction times and safety. Among the precursors to the 2015 4-H National Youth Science Day experiment is the 4-H2O water quality experiment led by The Cooperative Extension Program at A&T in 2010, which remains in the National Science Day’s “Experiment Archives.”
The 4-H National Youth Science Day was unveiled in the summer of 2008 along with a 4-H public service campaign: One Million New Scientists. One Million New Ideas. The campaign supports the organization’s long-term goal of attracting a million more youths to 4-H science, engineering and technology programs. On 4-H National Youth Science Day, Oct. 7 in 2015, young scientists conduct the experiment selected and supported by National 4-H Council at gatherings across the nation and around the world coordinated by 4-H clubs and other youth development organizations.
- Each $21.95 kit contains rulers, race cars, modeling clay and other ingredients for eight young scientists, age 10 and older, to construct a runway to analyze speed, momentum and kinetic energy of a car in motion, explore the science behind automotive collisions and learn the consequences of distracted driving.