- Author: Stacey Wills
FARM SMART and Imperial County 4-H stirred up some spooky STEM adventures on the farm on October 29, 2016 at the University of California Desert Research & Extension Center. This new event aimed to increase STEM awareness (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) for younger youth, ages five to eight. This fun and educational event was open to the public and learners of all ages enjoyed the 16 stations set up around the center.
Dressed in Halloween costumes, over 250 kids visited the farm to enjoy all the spooky STEM fun. Over 60 youth leaders ages 11-19 controlled the 16 different stations, and the nominal entry fee included hot dogs, snow cones, chips, and drinks. The stations included learning about the life cycle of a pumpkin and planting a pumpkin seed, creating a healthy pumpkin pie in a glass, making green slime, and a ride on the hay wagon to the six-foot high FARM SMART corn maze.
This event was truly successful in creating an enjoyable family event and a catalyst for stimulating interest in STEM as well as develop the leadership skills of our Imperial County 4-H youth leaders. This would not be possible without the hard work of all our youth leaders and adult volunteers.