Kansas State University is inviting children and families to participate in the 2010 4-H National Youth Science Day on Oct. 6 to learn more about water quality, climate change and how to measure and reduce their carbon footprint.
The lessons, designed to make science fun, are part of a nationwide push to inspire students' interest in signing up for science classes, said Gary Gerhard, Kansas State University Research and Extension professor of youth development.
The educational effort is sponsored by the National 4-H Council, but previous experience with 4-H or membership is not required, said Gerhard, who noted that all children and families are encouraged to register for free materials (work sheets and step-by-step instructions) at www.4-h.org/NYSD.
The site offers age-appropriate lessons to spark interest in the scientific process, such as step-by-step instructions to calculate how much carbon dioxide (CO2) a family releases into the atmosphere as their carbon footprint.
"Sustainability is part of the lessons," said Gerhard, who encouraged families to engage in the environmental practices and to periodically re-calculate their carbon footprint to measure their success in helping to improve the environment.
More information about the 2010 4-H National Youth Science Day or other educational projects and opportunities is available at local K-State Research and Extension offices and online: www.Kansas4-H.org.