NEWBERRY COUNTY — Every single spring, South Carolina 4-H hosts the S.C. 4-H Engineering Obstacle in Columbia. This celebration is open to youth ages 9-18 no matter of 4-H membership position. Youth can compete in just one or much more events: rocketry, robotics, visual arts, coding, bridge developing and a secret obstacle. In addition to competitions, the celebration hosts a STEAM truthful and speaker to characterize many chances from the science and engineering field. This year, individuals read from WIS-TV’s Main Meteorologist Adam Clark and had accessibility to about ten booths with hands-on chances.
This yr, Newberry County upped its attendance at this event from 5 past calendar year to 9 this 12 months. Addison James, Hannah Chapman, Ali Chapman, Samantha West, Paisley West, Emmett Setzler, Everett Setzler, William Corridor and Benjamin Corridor all place in preparing time for this event and had been enthusiastic to arrive residence with ribbons.
The Bridge Creating Obstacle groups have been given 40 minutes to make a truss sort bridge to span 12” utilizing 60 popsicle sticks, 4 glue sticks, and a reduced temp scorching glue gun. Bridges have been analyzed to determine which just one held the most pounds. All 9 youth competed. The three bridges the groups entered held 21.6 kilos, 24 pounds, and 13 lbs. All 3 teams brought house white ribbons.
The Rocketry Obstacle groups were being tasked with making a rocket to weigh significantly less than ½ pound and to healthy a specified launching system. Rockets have been crafted in advance of the party. Groups examined rockets on the day of the party utilizing a bicycle pump and 28 PSI of air. Emmett Setzler, Everett Setzler, William Hall and Benjamin Corridor shot their “Flamin’ Donkey” rocket produced of lightweight resources an spectacular 236’. Each group was also questioned to prepare a presentation for judges explaining their use of resources, layout designs and tests methods. The boys came out on leading in presentations as effectively. They placed 1st for the Junior Division, ages 9-13.
The Thriller Challenge teams are tasked with a shock each individual calendar year. They are offered no awareness of the challenge or the elements in advance of time. Consequently, this challenge calls for no preparation. This year, teams have been supplied a random bag of elements these kinds of as binder clips, popsicle sticks, plastic spoons, condiment cups and rubber bands and 40 minutes to develop a catapult that would launch a marshmallow the furthest. The girls’ teams equally experienced strong showings capturing their marshmallows 8’ and 10’6”. Samantha West and Ali Chapman brought dwelling white ribbons although Paisley West, Addison James and Hannah Chapman brought residence blue ribbons.
In addition to these worries, youth can also take part in the Robotics Problem exactly where groups of construct a Lego branded robot and program it to total assigned missions or the Coding Challenge in which persons may perhaps use Scratch software program to create a computer recreation and give a presentation to judges about their inspiration and improvement approach. Youth ages 5-18 may well participate in the Visible Arts Problem by submitting a photograph to a person of the problem groups for judging.
In all, there have been 369 entries from 17 South Carolina counties, with 120 of these youth competing in far more than one particular party.