Seven Moore County 4-H’ers and one adult volunteer attended UT Extension’s 4-H Electric Camp in Knoxville, July 7-10.
Lucas Beaver, Jordan Dodd, Kobe Marlow, Eddie Marshall, Jacob Owen, Nathan Powell and Michael Sisk, along with volunteer leader Scott Sisk were the Moore County delegates to the four-day event at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
There were over 290 youth representing counties from across the state. Delegates explored the world of energy, electricity and the basic sciences through fun-filled, hands-on learning experiences.
“The focus of 4-H Electric Camp is to improve young people’s knowledge of electricity, energy conservation, alternative energy sources, electronics, computer applications and electrical safety” said Mike Buschermohle, a professor with UT Extension. “They develop a better understanding of the important role electricity plays in their lives plus they have a lot of fun and they get to make many new friends from across the state.”
In addition to learning about electricity and other basic sciences, the conference featured recreational activities on campus, “Watt is Electricity” an interactive presentation by Ben Roy, and an afternoon at Dollywood.
The 4-H Electric Camp is made possible through a unique partnership established between UT Extension; the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association and its statewide member cooperatives; the Tennessee Municipal Electric Power Association and its municipal power system members from across the state; TVA; the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, and other industry donors.
The 4-H program is the youth development component of UT Extension and is also the state’s largest youth organization. With more than 168,000 members statewide, 4-H is available to young people in every Tennessee county.