Upcoming 4-H Plant & Crop Science Opportunities

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Fabulous 4-H Youth Opportunities:
Super Bees + Feeding the World + Tree Climbing + Soil Pits!

There are a number of exciting statewide opportunities available for youth:

  1. North Carolina 4-H Beekeeping Essay, Due March 1st.
  2. North Carolina Youth InstituteApril 12-13th, Paper Due March 9th
  3. Horticultural Science Summer Institute, July 8-13th
  4. Resource Conservation WorkshopJune 24-29th

Due March 1st: North Carolina State

4-H Beekeeping Essay

Did you know that a honey bees communicate via dancing? The Round dance communicates the nearby presence of food. The Waggle dance is used to communicate the location of a food source more than 165 ft away from the hive. The direction, distance, and quality of the food is made known through the Waggle. If a threat is detected near the food, another bee will interrupt the dancing bee with a head-butt!

4-H youth are encouraged to explore more about the fascinating story of the hardworking honey bee by participating in the North Carolina 4-H Beekeeping Essay contest. The essay provides a platform for youth to creatively express their working knowledge and research of the craft of beekeeping.

Essays are due March 1st at 5:00 p.m. and should be emailed to Liz Driscoll at liz_driscoll@ncsu.edu.

Due March 9, 2018North Carolina Youth Institute, April 12-13, 2018

The Department of Crop and Soil Sciences is delighted to invite high school youth to participate in the North Carolina Youth Institute. This program is part of the Global Youth Institute and World Food Prize and provides a platform for students to research and give recommendations to solve key global challenges that range from food insecurity, access to potable water, poverty, human rights and more.

To participate, students research a global issue and write a two-three page paper under the supervision of a teacher/mentor (using these downloadable guidelines). Each teacher/mentor must register their student delegate nominee(s) and submit each student’s research paper online by March 9, 2018. 9-12th grade students in the 2017-2018 school year are eligible to apply.

On April 12-13th, students attend the day and a half institute at NC State University and share their research paper among peers and a panel of judges. Hands-on workshops, field trips, keynotes and career development will round out the event. There is no registration cost to participate in the Institute and lodging and meals will be provided. However, both student and teacher/mentor participants must organize their own transportation to and from the event in Raleigh, NC.

The Global Youth Institute: the top students at the North Carolina Youth Institute will be competitively selected to represent the State of North Carolina as delegates at the Global Youth Institute, held in Des Moines, Iowa in October 2018. There, they will join 400 other outstanding high school students and teachers from across the United States and around the world for an exciting three-day program to interact with Nobel and World Food Prize Laureates and the more than 1,000 global leaders from 65 countries attending the World Food Prize’s annual international symposium.

The North Carolina Youth Institute is hosted by North Carolina State University with the generous support of College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, and North Carolina 4-H. For more information on how to participate in the North Carolina Youth Institute, contact the North Carolina State Coordinator Dr. Lori Unruh Snyder at lori_snyder@ncsu.edu or at (919) 515-4070.

Horticultural Science Summer Institute, July 8-13, 2018

High school students are invited to spend a week at NC State University climbing trees, grafting tomatoes, snacking on raspberries, discovering new genes and so much more. The Horticultural Science Summer Institute is a residential, hands-on, pre-college program designed to engage youth into the many career opportunities within horticulture. Students will dig into workshops led by faculty, staff and students on topics ranging from breeding better vegetables, propagating ornamental shrubs, lengthening the life of cut flowers, learning sustainable production and design practices and delving into practical tools that enhance our understanding of plant processes. Students will visit unique and innovative North Carolina farms, markets, greenhouses and gardens.

Youth will also explore college-making decisions and leadership development, enjoy evening entertainment and team-building activities, live in a campus residence hall with campus dining. The camp provides a close-knit forum for high school students across the state (and country) to gather together and broaden their interest and knowledge about horticulture. Any high school student with a career or hobby interest within the field of agriculture and horticulture are encouraged to apply to the summer institute.

The cost for the week is $550 and includes on-campus lodging in the dorms, most meals, field trips, workshop materials, and entertainment. There may be some scholarships for underserved youth and participants with financial need, or payment plans can be arranged. Applications are due Friday, April 15th and notification of acceptance will follow shortly thereafter. Please contact Liz Driscoll at liz_driscoll@ncsu.edu or 919.513.7346919.886.3424 with any questions or comments.

Youth should apply here by April 15th. For more information visit the HSSI webpage

Resource Conservation Workshop,
June 24-29th, 2018

The Resource Conservation Workshop is a week-long intensive study and hands on conservation workshop requiring student application and participation in a wide range of conservation topics. The workshop is intended to engage students to learn about natural resources and their management in today’s environment. Students participate in field study, tours, hands-on sessions as well as evening activities that focus on college-decision making and career decisions. Awards and scholarships are won and presented to the students under several awards programs.

The Resource Conservation Workshop students stay on campus at NC State in dormitories and attend workshop sessions in Williams Hall, Lake Wheeler Soils Field Lab as well as field studies at Falls Lake State Recreation Area and Clemmons State Educational Forest in Clayton. For a sneak peak of past programs watch this video!

The Resource Conservation Workshop is free for most students that are accepted! Students are sponsored by their local Soil and Water Conservation District (find yours here) to attend and all applications are done through the local SWCD. The Resource Conservation Workshop is a partnership between the N.C. Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts, the Hugh Hammond Bennett Chapter – Soil and Water Conservation Society of America, N.C. Soil and Water Conservation Commission, Division of Soil and Water Conservation and the Crop and Soil Sciences Department at N.C. State University.