4-H Science Bonanza

Sat, 12/07/2019
9:00am - 3:00pm
STEM Discovery Lab
UNH Manchester
88 Commercial Street
Manchester, NH 03101

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Tired of cartoons on Saturday morning? Control a VEX robot, build a hydroponic garden, sample maple syrup, meet some goats and more at the 3rd Annual 4-H Science Bonanza! The Science Bonanza is a one day, free event that offers fun science workshops to youth ages 4–13 and a 4- H Science Expo that provides participants an opportunity to learn about science opportunities in 4-H and at the STEM Discovery Lab at UNH Manchester.

Attendance is free and will include lunch.  Participants get to choose from a variety of 60-minute workshops in the following topic areas:

  • Maker/Engineering – Imagine, Design, Build and Share anything.  This track is about creativity and exploring different design and building techniques, materials and mediums.  It is about learning new skills and sharing the results of your efforts.
  • AgriScience (Plant & Animal Science) – How do plants grow?  How do I keep my animals healthy?  This track is about the science behind agriculture and includes understanding livestock and pets as well as growing and caring for flowers and vegetables.
  • Ecology/Environment – Exploring our natural world is so exciting and there is so much to learn!  Play with water, dissect owl pellets, explore maple syrup.  As you understand the world around you, you begin to see how we are all connected!

2019 4-H Science Bonanza Workshop Descriptions

Ages 4-7:  Waitlist only

Discover what fun Science, Technology, Engineering and Math can be with interactive, hands-on activities that will sure to engage both the mind and the body! 

*Parents must remain in the building during the AM workshops.  There are no PM workshops for 4-7 year olds, however, we will have a dedicated space for play, reading and quiet time if parents wish to stay the rest of the day with their older children.

Ages 8-10

Session 1

You've Goat to be Kiddin' Me!:  Waitlist Only
Participants will learn all about goats and how they can become goat caretakers in our goat 4-H programs.  They will also get hands on experience with two goat kids.

VEX Robotics: Waitlist Only
Innovate, create and explore through VEX robotics challenges.

Zip, Zap! Making Electricity 
Can you make electricity from lemons and potatoes? Come to this fun hands on workshop and see if you can make it happen.

4-H Maple Madness
Join us for a fun and tasty exploration into the world of making maple syrup! Activities will include tree ID, tapping techniques, evaporator design, taste testing, and grading. 

Session 2

Scratch Coding:
Participants will build their own computer program using Scratch.

Whooo did the owl eat?!:  Waitlist Only
Using dissecting tools we'll explore what an owl pellet is and identify the prey that the owls ate!

Water All Around and In Us

Participants will see just how much water surrounds us in the everyday things we use and the foods we eat. We will discuss and complete a hands-on exercise navigating how water moves through our bodies. Stay Hydrated!

1,2,3 Grow!:  Waitlist Only

In 1, 2, 3, Grow you will learn what plants need to grow. You will also learn several ways to grow and propagate new plants from old ones and leave with your very own propagated plant!

Session 3

Destination Imagination
Youth will be given a specific set of supplies and a building challenge that they will have to design to be manipulated in various ways.

Hydroponics: Plants without soil
Learn how plants are grown without soil. We will assemble and operate a hydroponics system designed to grow lettuce in 6 weeks as we learn about plant nutrients, light and engineering these systems.

Mysterious Chemistry: Colorful Problem Solving in Forensic Science:  Waitlist Only
Discover the Power of color changing chemistry in the world of Forensic Science!  Participants will unlock the identity of an unknown powder with scientific investigation tools.

Ages 11-13

Session 1

Mysterious Chemistry:  Colorful Problem Solving in Forensic Science: Waitlist Only

Discover the power of color changing chemistry in the world of Forensic Science and witness the magic of mixture separation! Participants will unlock the identity of an unknown powder and explore the colorful components of ink with scientific investigation tools.

Scratch and Coding: Waitlist Only
Participants will build their own computer program using Scratch.

Water World!
Learn how precious water is and why we don't run out of it. We will illustrate the physical structure of a watershed and how water travels. We will also look at human impacts to water and ways we can protect it.

Indoor Herb Garden
Plant an indoor herb garden so you can enjoy great fresh flavors all winter long.

Session 2

Vex Robotics: Waitlist Only

Innovate, create and explore through Vex robot challenges.

Destination Imagination
Youth will be given a specific set of supplies and a building challenge that they will have to design to be manipulated in various ways.

Hydroponics: Plants without soil
Learn how plants are grown without soil. We will assemble and operate a hydroponics system designed to grow lettuce in 6 weeks as we learn about plant nutrients, light and engineering these systems.

Pathfinding
In this pathfinding workshop you will learn how to navigate and read maps. You will also get a chance to learn how gps and other forms of navigation work.

4-H Maple Madness
Join us for a fun and tasty exploration into the world of making maple syrup! Activities will include tree ID, tapping techniques, evaporator design, taste testing, and grading.

Session 3

Human Circuits:  Learn about electricity?

Introduction to basic electricity with hands-on demonstrations.  Students will learn basic electrical terminology as well as important safety practices.  All students will be encouraged to participate in the demonstrations.

You've Goat to be Kiddin' Me!: Waitlist Only
Participants will learn all about goats and how they can become goat caretakers in our goat 4-H programs.  They will also get hands on experience with two goat kids.

Indoor Herb Garden
Plant an indoor herb garden so you can enjoy great fresh flavors all winter long.

During registration youth can sign up for one workshop per time slot.

 


Additionally, participants are invited to explore the Science Expo, which will include current and upcoming opportunities in STEM 4-H programs in many NH counties including:  Hillsborough, Rockingham, Merrimack, Strafford, Cheshire Counties.

 

Cost

Free

Contact

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