4-H provides students with hands-on science lessons

| August 6, 2019

Right before lunch the students simulated a volcanic explosion during 4-H Summer Science Camp held Aug. 6 at the fairgrounds. Pictured getting the experiment ready is Kendall Hoffman and behind her is Kris Alan. Josie Sellers | Beacon

COSHOCTON – Peyton Vickers likes everything about science and on Tuesday, Aug. 6, she got to learn more about one of her favorite subjects.

4-H Summer Science Camp highlighting forces of nature was held at the Coshocton County Fairgrounds Rotary Pavilion. It was open to ages 8-11and featured group and individual activities such as lava layering, measuring an earthquake, core sampling and more.

“We did the core sampling with cupcakes,” said Alonna Hoffman, 4-H & Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Assistant. “I baked them in different layers. One had sprinkles, and then there were chocolate and vanilla. They used a clear straw to take a ‘sample’ and then got to eat the cupcakes as their snack.”

The cupcake experiment was one of Vickers’ favorite of the morning.

“You learned about the different layers of the earth,” said the 10-year-old.

Lillian Crothers, who also is 10, agreed that the cupcakes were cool.

She and Vickers were two of the 15 students who attended the camp.

“I over planned so I’m making sure we get to do the really fun stuff,” Hoffman said. “I think they are enjoying it. I was worried because it’s the first event I planned, but I wanted to squeeze it in before school starts. This follows STEM guidelines and gives them lots of chances for hands-on learning.”

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