UNH STEM Discovery Lab hosts 5th Annual 4-H Science Bonanza
On December 10th, the UNH STEM Discovery Lab hosted the 5th annual 4-H Science Bonanza with an astounding attendance. Both kids and adults participated in a variety of workshops that ranged in topics from Hydroponics, Insect Anatomy, Yoga to racing robots around a dark room. There were delighted squeals from the Feeling Electric workshop with STEM Docent, Paul Blanchette as he sparked interest in electricity, and lots of “ewwwws” from the workshop where kids were able to try a variety of edible insects. New to the event this year were workshops geared towards the parents of youth in attendance. They were found on the floor learning a variety of yoga poses and breathing techniques to help quell the stresses of today’s parenting world. Parents also learned how to engage their kids positively with their technology use, as well as how to help their kids find their sparks or unique interests.
After youth experienced their workshops, they filtered into the Multi-Purpose Room where a variety of community organizations, UNH volunteers, faculty and staff had tables set up with even more STEM centered information, activities and treats for participants to explore. Local FIRST robotics clubs enjoyed having robots move around the main floor of UNH Manchester and even allowed participants to practice driving and controlling the large robots.
The 4-H Science Bonanza is an annual event located at UNH Manchester. It is hosted by the UNH STEM Discovery Lab and sponsored by the 4-H Foundation of New Hampshire. Proceeds from the event provide scholarships for other 4-H and Extension youth STEM programs. We look forward to seeing everyone next December!