July 18, 2014

Nearly 1500 Louisiana teens stormed LSU's campus as part of 4-H University, living as college students in between their official 4-H activities, some even participating in engineering experiments. In coordination with the LSU AgCenter, LSU's College of Engineering hosted several engagement activities for 4-H University participants introducing them to possible career paths for future engineers.   

“4-H University gives students a chance to experience what it is like to live and learn on a major college campus,” said Mark Tassin, state leader for the LSU AgCenter’s 4-H Youth Development program. “The 4-H'ers look forward to and prepare for this week all year.”

The 4-H University participants designed, created and tested multiple engineering experiments, testing their problem solving skills. Peter Harris from St. Martin Parish and Peter Ashley from DeSoto Parish won the ‘Auto Desk Challenge’ by building the largest free-standing structure using only raw spaghetti noodles, tape and a large marshmallow on top.

On campus, students toured LSU’s one-of-a-kind Petroleum Engineering Research & Technology Transfer (PERRT) Laboratory, an industrial-scale petroleum engineering facility, and they joined interactive sessions at the LaHouse Resource Center, a permanent showcase house that addresses challenges commonly associated with the Gulf South area, such as energy conservation, hurricane and flood preparation.

The LSU College of Engineering also took the interactive experiment show on the road with 4-H STEM in St. Helena Parish.

“I recently attended St. Helena’s STEM Camp this summer,” said Tydrick Dunn. “I can honestly say that I enjoyed my overall experience. We learned about everything associated with science, technology, engineering and math—STEM. So many different speakers came out to present different topics such as computer science/programming, and engineering. Of all the presentations, LSU’s guest speakers were my favorite. The teacher taught us fun new ways to learn math and how to measure sound and told us, ‘When you think about math, you should think about money’.” 

For more about LSU’s College of Engineering, visit eng.lsu.edu.

For more information on 4-H University or how to join a 4-H Club, visit lsuagcenter.com/4h.

 

 

 



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