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National Geographic: Robots in Action

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National Geographic engineer Alan Turchik has spent the last four years designing and building robotic equipment for photographers and explorers with National Geographic’s Remote Imaging Group. In this post, he describes some ways that robots are used to explore the deep ocean.

This summer, National Geographic invites you to build your own robotic solution to explore an extreme place you cannot or should not go! Submit your own robotic solution to National Geographic by August 1, for a movie ticket voucher to ROBOTS 3D* and the chance to have your solution published in a new National Geographic Kids book, Everything Robotics! Visit for more challenges and information.

4-H Parent POV: James Experiences Loss and Acceptance

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James was growing older and he was busy going to school, spending time with his friends and 4-H club. When he had a difficult day at school he could always go into the coop and hang with his “girls.” They trusted and depended on him every day and they would always make him feel better. He always found time for them and was sure to see to all their needs.

One cold morning, near the end of winter, James found Goldie in the coop flopping around and having a hard time walking. He brought her into the house to see what was wrong. She could barely stand up and was getting weaker as the day went by. She wouldn’t eat or drink. He decided to make a comfortable bed of hay for her in the basement to separate her from the others. Goldie continued to get weaker that night and into the next day. I let James stay home from school so he could care for her. He called his 4-H leader and she told him what he had feared - that Goldie wasn’t going to make it through the night.

National 4-H Council Celebrates 1890s

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This year, National 4-H Council joins colleges and universities across the country to celebrate a significant milestone in the history of Cooperative Extension. It marks the 125th anniversary of the second signing of the Morrill Act of 1890. The signing of this Act resulted in the establishment of 19 land-grant universities, which opened doors for African-American students who were given equal learning opportunities through scientific research and extension programs by higher learning institutions.

Before The Maker Movement, There Was 4-H

Last February, I wrote about Extension and The Maker Movement in the Journal of Extension. Maybe you read it? Tweeted it? What? You mean you don't have it bookmarked? Anyway, my point was this:

Involvement in the Maker Movement is growing across the nation. Extension has an opportunity to engage with new audiences by applying the existing skills and knowledge found in the Cooperative Extension System.

When Defeat is Better than Winning

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When your kids began their 4-H projects this year, did you picture them holding a blue ribbon and smiling for the camera at the county fair?

I may not have been counting on my daughter winning a blue ribbon, but I didn’t envision watching her first time in the showring end in tears and embarrassment.

Yet the difficulty she encountered her first year at the fair ended up being one of her best experiences in 4-H.

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