Club combines lessons on teamwork, communication and scientific method
4‑H is a community of universities across the nation that provides experiences where young people learn by doing. Children complete hands-on projects in areas like health, science, agriculture and citizenship, in a positive environment where they receive guidance from adult mentors and are encouraged to take on proactive leadership roles.
Millikin University is among the universities offering a 4-H science club where students meet at Millikin's Leighty-Tabor Science Center and focus on a topic for six to eight weeks.
During the Science Explorers club at Millikin, Dr. Anne Rammelsberg, associate professor of chemistry, interlaces lessons on teamwork, communication and decision-making with lessons on scientific method.
In a recent interview with the Herald & Review, Amy Leman, 4-H coordinator for the University of Illinois Extension, said, "Dr. Rammelsberg is amazing and very good at teaching youth the whole concept of the scientific process, how to be curious, how to put together an experiment to test a hypothesis. The students will be able to use those skills throughout their lives."
In regular 4-H Clubs, members choose their own projects, which can be almost anything, while in the short-term special interest clubs, all the members work on the same thing.